Mark Boyle likely gets confused when he hears the words “summer” and “vacation” in the same sentence.
There is no vacation for the defending Division 3 North wrestling champion. The incoming Triton senior arguably earned the most prestigious championship of his storied high school wrestling career Saturday when he collected a Bay State Games title at 182 pounds.
Boyle, who won his 100th career match late in his junior season, became the first Triton wrestler to earn a Bay State Games title since Todd Oljey in 1994. Oljey, a two-time state champion at Triton, won his Bay State Games title two years after current Triton coach Shawn McElligott collected a title in 1992.
“Talking to (McElligott), he said it’s been about 20 years since the last Triton wrestler won at the Bay State Games,” Boyle said. “I thought that was a pretty nice achievement. There was a lot of motivation because I knew this was my last year there. I hadn’t placed before, and I knew I definitely wanted to get the gold. That’s what I did.”
Boyle is coming off a strong junior season in which he earned an invitation to the All-State Championships at 160 pounds. This summer, he is particularly busy with his athletic endeavors. He trains at Smitty’s Wrestling Barn in Danville, N.H., while also balancing Triton football 7-on-7s and Triton Senior Babe Ruth Baseball.
“I want to do a couple of things I haven’t done before in my senior year,” Boyle said. “I definitely want to place in the All-States and make New Englands. Obviously, I want to win All-States and New Englands. I’m training hard so it can happen for me.”
The Bay State Games have gotten significantly more competitive in the last three of four years, when All-State qualifiers from all of the New England states have been invited. In Boyle’s semifinal match, he beat a competitor from Vermont who wrestled at New Englands. In the final, he beat a Mass. All-State Championships qualifier at 170 pounds.