“You see that a lot actually,” Abts said. “Little brothers end up getting into the sport sooner because they are following their big brothers around. As a result, they end up having more success.”
Connor made it to the section finals to cheer on his brother.
“I don’t want to get him in trouble,” said assistant coach Peter Sobera, “but when Mikey won the tournament; Connor had tears in his eyes.”
Although he was the only one to make the state tournament, Boyle wasn’t the only Redskins senior to have a good wrestling season. Kevin Segit (220 pounds) also won the Class D tournament, while Jacob Miller (145 pounds) won the Center State Tournament.
“It was like having three assistant coaches on the team,” Sobera said. “One of our big goals this year was to get championships for those three guys. We’re really pleased that everything broke right for them to go ahead and do it.”
In addition, four other Cooperstown wrestlers made it to the section tournament in what is likely Abts last year coaching the team.
“It is a good way for him to go out,” Boyle said. “We were his freshman class when he started here four years ago. It is nice to see he’s made us into something bigger.
“He’s probably the best coach I have ever had,” he continued. “He’s smart and he goes slow with you. He’s very good at helping you one-on-one. Wrestling wise he really knows what he is doing.”
Abts sounded just as impressed with Boyle.
“He’s a very hard worker,” he said. “He comes ready to work every day. He’s a good kid too. I’ve even had him watch my kids a couple of times, and obviously that means he is someone I can trust.”
Boyle said he plans to go to State University College of Technology at Delhi to get an associate degree in nursing. While his wrestling career is over, he said he is happy with his results.
“It has always been a goal of mine to made states,” he said. “I am really happy with where I have gotten.”