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February 7, 2013

Wins beyond his years

Triton's Luke Boyle records 100th win as sophomore

BYFIELD — Opponents of the Triton wrestling team likely cringe when they hear the name “Boyle” announced over the public address system during meets.

For the last two seasons, three members of the Boyle family have wrestled varsity at Triton, and none of the three is scheduled to graduate this year. The middle son, Luke, a sophomore, recorded his 100th career victory last weekend. The eldest, Mark, a junior, is not far behind with 98 career victories heading into this weekend’s Division 3 North Sectional championships. The youngest, John, a freshman, will likely follow in the footsteps of his older brothers, as he has two years of varsity experience under his belt late in his freshman year.

It may seem unusual that Luke accomplished the feat before his older brother, Mark, but both joined the varsity squad during the same year in 2010. Luke received the first MIAA waiver to join Triton’s varsity as an eighth-grader, and he posted a 26-19 record on a team that eventually won a Division 3 team championship.

“I never even knew the rule about eighth-graders,” Luke said. “I thought I could go to varsity if I beat the guy who was there. I wrestled hard and often, and I kept my varsity spot. I lost some matches, and I learned from my experiences.”

Wrestling in the 112-pound weight class, Luke placed third at the Cape Ann League Championships, fourth in the Division 3 North Sectionals and just missed placing at the Division 3 Championships.

Initially, he relied heavily on moves he’d learned training judo under Jimmy Pedro, a former Olympian who owns a gym in Wakefield.

“I used a lot of those takedown moves,” Luke said. “The high school practices helped me learn how to wrestle on top and bottom. But I got most of my points in neutral, and all of the judo throws worked well.”

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