By JAMIE BAKER
Findlay High School senior Boston Dubocq’s path to the OHSAA state wrestling tournament was nearly derailed — more than once.
He quelled his doubts on whether he wanted to continue to wrestle earlier in his career. And didn’t let a small spot of ringworm that appeared the week of the district tournament stop him either, as he’ll represent the Trojans in the Division I 152-pound weight class when the tournament begins at 3 p.m. today with the preliminaries at Ohio State University’s Value City Arena.
“I’ll tell you, it’s been a wild ride. I had a spot of ringworm that I had to get a skin form just to wrestle here. I got it cleared Thursday in a nick of time to wrestle at districts,” said Duboc, after winning his consolation semifinal match to qualify for state for the first time in his career.
“It sucks because I wanted someone else to go with me. My buddies lost to go to state, and it’s tough because we all worked to get here and we thought several of us could make it this year.”
It will be the end of a solid four-year career on the mat for the Findlay senior in Columbus this weekend.
As a 5-foot, 97-pound freshman wrestling in the 106-pound weight class, Dubocq had some success before hitting the wall and ending up with a .500 record.
“I started out good my freshman year and I was the last undefeated wrestler on the team that year. But I just started taking losses and more losses, and then, I got a concussion. A lot of kids would have said that was a pretty good freshman season, not me, that wasn’t good enough,” Dubocq said.
“Sophomore year, I had to cut weight and it was a little better. I was good, but not to the level I hoped to be. I almost quit after my sophomore year, honestly.
“It wasn’t as fun and I thought about just giving up wrestling. Wendi and Steve Jolliff and my parents talked me into sticking it out for another year. I figured, I’m a junior and I may as well stick it out.
“Sports have taught me a lot about discipline and have helped make me the person that I am today. It’s a great sport. Glad I didn’t bag it and take the easy route,”
After qualifying with a fourth-place finish at Perrysburg, Dubocq, who has a 38-12 record, knows his route to a state tournament medal and spot on the awards stand in Columbus won’t be easy.
His weight class features three returning state placers including Massillon Perry unbeaten senior David Carr, who will be trying to win his fourth state title. Dubocq’s first-round opponent is Marysville senior Jake Marsh, who finished sixth at state a year ago at 138 pounds.
“Honestly, I’m just looking forward to the competition down there. I love facing tough wrestlers,” Dubocq said.
“You have to have fun with it. I want to do something big, something special there, but really, I’m just looking forward to going and getting the opportunity.
“Being down in that arena is going to be cool, really something special and wild.”
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By JAMIE BAKER