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February 28, 2013

Boyle fifth Cooperstown wrestler in state tournament

Senior wins Section Three title, loses to state champ in Albany

After winning a Section Three Division II wrestling title on Feb. 9, Mikey Boyle became just the fifth Cooperstown wrestler to compete in the state tournament.

Boyle, a senior who wrestles at 120 pounds, went 1-2 last weekend in the Division II state tournament in Albany. He lost in the first round on Friday to eventual state champion John Aslanian of Edgemont, 12-2.

In the consolation bracket, Boyle beat Mohammed Guernah of Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy by a pin at 3:49. In his final match, on Saturday, he lost to Sean Ballard of Whitney Point, 6-4. Ballard finished in sixth place.

“When you get to the state tournament, everyone is already a champion,” Cooperstown wrestling coach Micaiah Abts said.

Boyle said he was excited to represent Cooperstown.

“This is a big deal for all of us,” he said. “It has been a while for the team.”

Brendan Hill was the last Cooperstown wrestler to make states. He placed second in 2004 and 2005. Packy Burke, who won a state title in 1998, also made the tournament in 1997 and finished second. Tom Murphy and Mike Phillips also made the state tournament, with Phillips winning a state title in 1970.

Boyle, who had a record of 29-10 this season and 75 wins in four years, won the Class D Tournament on Feb. 2 and the Section Three Division II tournament a week later. He also placed second in the Clyde Cole Tournament on Nov. 11, fourth in the CNY Tournament on Jan. 12 and fourth in the Center State Tournament on Jan. 26.

“He’s got college level technique,” Abts said. “He does some things stylistically that people don’t expect and are not able to defend.”

Boyle followed his older brother Connor into wrestling. Connor, who graduated from Cooperstown in 2011, had a solid senior season that included placing fourth in the Section Four Class D tournament, but did not have the same level of success as his little brother.

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