Along with the joy Boyle’s accomplishment has given to his high school coach, his teammate and co-captain is thrilled as well.
“I was overwhelmed when I found out,” Cody Nixon said. “I couldn’t be happier for him. He puts in the work, and I think he deserves to be in that division battling it out with the best. He’s a strong leader. He brings a lot of inspiration, and he can pump up kids if they need it. He is strong mentally. When it comes to when hes about to wrestle, he gets in a zone and you can see it. It’s something he’s good at and knows how to do.”
A selfless leader, Boyle was quick to give thanks to those that have helped him to where he is today. It’s a long list that begins with the name “Dad.”
“He trained me since I was a little kid, and I wouldn’t be talking with you or going anywhere close to a D-I school if not for him,” Boyle said. “I’d also like to thank my coaches throughout my career, starting with my Judo coach Jimmy Pedro. From there, I want to thank Stan Watson, who was my first wrestling coach in my youth days in middle school. I’d also like to thank Coach Mac (McElligott), Coach Arch (Ryan Archambault) and Coach Hayes as well. There are too many people to name, including the kids I’ve wrestled with, who have helped me get better over my career.”
While Coach McElligott is losing a force on the mat, he couldn’t be prouder of a kid that has made coaching worth it.
“Coaches don’t make a lot of money,” McElligott said. “It’s not about the money being a high school coach. It’s about seeing a great kid like Mark be rewarded for his hard work, and in turn you’re rewarded as a coach by seeing that. I’m excited this kid has such a great opportunity ahead of him.”