Scottie Boykin earned one more shot at a championship Friday night.
The Riverdale senior remained undefeated at the TSSAA Wrestling State Championships with a pair of wins to advance to his second consecutive state championship match at 195 pounds.
The finals begin at 5 p.m. today at the Williamson County Ag Center. Five Rutherford County wrestlers will compete in the consolation semifinals, which begins at 10 a.m.
Boykin, who is Rutherford County’s lone finalist, wrestles Walker Valley’s Billy Raulston in the championship.
Boykin, who won his first two matches of the state tournament on Thursday with second-round pins, went the distance on day two, beating Independence’s Tommy Venuti 13-7 in the quarterfinals and Dobyns Bennett’s Bryson Begley 14-8 in the semifinals.
“It means the world right now,” said Boykin, who improved to 37-0 for the season. “I know I’ve worked hard all year for this. I didn’t end up where I wanted to last year. The opportunity to have a second chance is really amazing.
“I won’t let it go to waste this time.”
Boykin fell to Pigeon Forge’s Cody Davis 9-4 in the 2012 championship match.
Blackman’s Josh Feuerbacher (138 pounds) and teammate Austin Wells (285) reached the consolation semifinals along with Siegel’s Kyle Coder (145), Eagleville’s Ellis Dodson (113) and Riverdale’s Sean Kennedy (170). All are guaranteed no lower finish than sixth, and could finish as high as third in their respective weight classes with two more wins.
Dodson was the lone Rutherford County wrestler to advance to the final day of the tournament after falling to the consolation bracket on the first day.
The Eagleville junior’s journey to the medal rounds has been a difficult one. He was injured during his first two seasons.
“It’s very encouraging and I feel like I’ve accomplished something,” Dodson said. “I was injured both my freshman and sophomore years. I finally made it to state this year, and I get to place.”
Coder, a senior, will be Siegel’s first state wrestling medalist in the school’s 10 years. Coder faces Beech’s Kaleb Rippy in his consolation semifinal.
Walker Valley’s Caleb Langford edged Feuerbacher 9-8 in their winner’s bracket semifinal to send Feuerbacher to the consolation. Feuerbacher’s older brother Eric Feuerbacher was a state champion for Blackman his senior season.
“I think it’s awesome to still be wrestling,” Feuerbacher said. “My brother was out his first day his sophomore year. I was pushing myself to do better than he did.”