Coatesville's Boykin wins gold

Mike Boykin takes down Boyertown's Jordan Wood in the 220-pound final. Boykin wonby a 5-2 decision to earn his first state championship. CHRIS KNIGHT / Associated Press
Mike Boykin takes down Boyertown's Jordan Wood in the 220-pound final. Boykin wonby a 5-2 decision to earn his first state championship. CHRIS KNIGHT / Associated Press
Posted: March 10, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. - Mike Boykin donned his gold medal for the first time inside the Giant Center, lifted his coach with one arm, and punched the air in triumph with the other.

It was that kind of day for Boykin (40-0), as the Coatesville senior earned his first state title in his final high school bout, defeating Boyertown sophomore Jordan Wood on Saturday night in the 220-pound final, 5-2.

"It's about time," Boykin said, jokingly. "I was pretty confident going into the match, and it's something I've worked for since I was a freshman. It's a dream come true."

"Mike has worked so hard for the last four years," Coatesville coach Bear Stephens said. "He was going to win it this year, and he did it. He's definitely No. 1 in the state. He proved himself tonight by winning against [Wood] tonight and a really tough kid."

Wood (41-2) drew within a point of Boykin in the final period, but could never get a clean shot in after that before Boykin iced the win with a takedown in the final seconds.

Boykin, Southeastern Pennsylvania's lone titlist Saturday, is Coatesville's first state champion since Terry Williams (145 pounds) in 1966. Boykin will leave the school with 142 career wins.

"This is every wrestler's dream come true," Boykin said. Going undefeated in your senior year and ending as a state champion. There's nothing better."

The region had five wrestlers vying for gold medals and 16 other medalists taking part in consolation bouts.

Pennridge senior Scott Parker (43-2) fell in the 120 final, on a takedown in overtime, to Greater Latrobe sophomore Luke Pletcher. Parker put up a gritty fight against the undefeated Pletcher, who notched his second consecutive state title at 120.

Father Judge senior Joe Galasso took the mat with Canon McMillan's Solomon Chishko in the 145 final in a battle of defending state-title winners.

Galasso, last year's 138-pound victor, hung with Chishko through two periods but faded late en route to a 7-2 decision.

"I felt pretty good this weekend up until that match," Galasso said. "I couldn't get my shots going, and I just wasn't myself out there tonight. It was his night."

The Cornell recruit will leave Judge with 147 wins and three state medals.

"He's a phenomenal competitor," Judge coach Jim Savage said. "He's placed in the state tournament three times. He's probably one of the best wrestlers, if not the best wrestler, ever in the city of Philadelphia."

Pottsgrove junior Pat Finn (16-4) dropped a 6-1 decision in the heavyweight final to Solanco's Thomas Haines.

In consolation action, North Penn senior Alex Price took a 6-4 victory in the fifth-place match to ice his first career medal-winning state performance. Norristown senior Mike Springer won a 7-2 decision in the 152 fifth-place bout.

Pennridge was the highest team finisher from the region, placing 11th overall. Boyertown finished in 13th place.


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