Prep Notebook: Riverdale's Boykin to wrestle at UTC

Prep Notebook: Riverdale's Boykin to wrestle at UTC

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Prep Notebook: Riverdale's Boykin to wrestle at UTC

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Wrestling state champion Scottie Boykin decided his college future this past week.

The Riverdale senior, who finished undefeated with a state championship at 195 pounds in February, has committed to UT-Chattanooga to wrestle. He hopes to wrestle at 197 pounds as a freshman for the Mocs.

“I was getting kind of nervous,” Boykin admitted. “I didn’t know what I was going to do. All of my football buddies were getting offers, and I didn’t get anything.”

Boykin was a two-sport athlete at Riverdale. He was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Warriors and a first-team DNJ all-area selection the past two years. He was also a four-year state qualifier in wrestling.

Boykin became the first Riverdale state wrestling champion since former NFL standout Dennis Harrison won it in 1973. Boykin defeated Walker Valley’s Billy Raulston 11-4 in the championship to complete a 38-0 season.

He said he has been given the opportunity to walk on for the Mocs’ football team if he wants, but may choose to concentrate on his school work and wrestling his freshman year. He is undecided on his major.

“I may just wrestle my freshman year,” he said.

All Sports tickets on sale Tuesday

Tickets for the 20th annual DNJ All Sports Awards Banquet presented by First Tennessee Bank will go on sale on Tuesday.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at The Daily News Journal at 214 N. Walnut from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The front lobby is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The banquet will be held May 2 at Middle Tennessee Christian School. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with the awards presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones will be the guest speaker this year. It marks Jones’ first public speaking engagement in Murfreesboro since being named Derek Dooley’s replacement in December.

The DNJ will recognize a team MVP in every TSSAA sport and swimming for every high school in Rutherford County and Cannon County. Also being recognized will be players of the year in each sport, a male and female athlete of the year, a Travis Weber Courage award recipient as well as this year’s President’s Cup award winners.

Tickets for those athletes being invited to this year’s banquet will be dropped off at their high school during the school day on Tuesday.

Wrestlers recognized at banquet

Numerous Rutherford County wrestlers were recognized this past week during the Region 5 wrestling banquet.

State medalists Boykin, Eagleville’s Ellis Dodson, Blackman’s Josh Feuerbacher, Siegel’s Kyle Coder, Riverdale’s Sean Kennedy and Blackman’s Austin Wells were honored and named all-region.

Also named all-region were Blackman’s Tyler Garrison, Tyler Sells, Ayinde Bakari, John Olivieri and Jevon Brown, Siegel’s Jason Singleton, Stephen Thomas, Deionte Ewing, Nick Grant and Zach Valdez, Riverdale’s Chase Hodges and Caleb Gentry, Oakland’s Cliff Thompson and Jeff Benson, La Vergne’s Jake Meguiar and Eagleville’s Blake Solomon.

Singleton to walk-on

Blackman senior Austin Singleton, who signed with the University of the Cumberlands in February, said this past week he plans to walk-on at MTSU this fall instead of going to the NAIA school located in Williamsburg, Ky.

Singleton, a 6-foot-1, 310-pound offensive and defensive lineman, was a DNJ all-area first team selection this past season at offensive line.

Tom Kreager is prep editor of The Daily News Journal. Contact him at 615-278-5168 or tkreager@dnj.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kreager.

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