UTC Wrestling - Michigan Transfer Joins the Mocs

Sean Boyle will wrestle at 125

Friday, July 25, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Earlier this summer UTC wrestling coach Heath Eslinger was in need of an experienced 125- pounder who is a veteran of the college mat wars and can go toe-to-toe with the best in the nation.

At 24 and a veteran of two NCAA tournaments, sixth year senior Sean Boyle is that guy.

A former Michigan wrestler, Boyle trades the Wolverines’ Maze and Blue for the Mocs’ Gold and Blue and teaming with NCAA qualifier and SoCon champ Nick Soto (133) for a solid one-two punch in the lower weights.

“Sean gives us an immediate contender for All-American honors at 125 and it’s great to have a seasoned, mature veteran in the first weight class,” said Eslinger.

Boyle has a pair of fourth place Big 10 finishes and a career 5-4 NCAA tournament record.

“I am excited to be here at UTC as this is a fresh start for me with a good coaching staff to wrestle for,” said Boyle who has  received a sixth year medical redshirt season from the NCAA after shoulder surgery and only wrestled a few open tournaments last season.

Another important reason for Boyle joining the Mocs is fellow senior Soto.

“This is a great situation for me as Nick and I are roommates and workout partners and we have the same goals to be All-Americans and national champions,” said Boyle.

Fresh Start: Boyle sees being at UTC as a fresh start after pushing through the low points of shoulder surgery and coming up one match short of earning All-American honors in 2011.

20-Year Career: A 20-year veteran on the mat, Boyle has an impressive prep resume earning a Senior Nationals title, a pair of National Prep (Lehigh, Pa.) championships and two Massachusetts state championships while at Blair Academy with a 188-7 career record.

“I started wrestling at the age of five and thanks to having an older brother (Casey who wrestled at UNC-Greensboro) who worked with me from an early age I had success right away,” stated the Lowell, Mass. native who will be working on his master’s degree the next two years and holds an undergraduate degree in kinesiology and physical education from Michigan.

Veteran Roster: Boyle adds to the veteran senior lineup which includes Shawn Greevy (149), Corey Mock (165), Levi Clemons (174), Kevin Malone (285) and Soto. Mock, Clemons and Soto are past Southern Conference champs and NCAA qualifiers.

Home Schedule: The Mocs host Purdue and U. of North Carolina (in Atlanta) in December, the Southern Scuffle (Jan.1-2) and Oklahoma in February, plus SoCon matches with Davidson, The Citadel, Campbell and VMI.


contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net



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