Dora’s Boshell wins third state title
by W. Brian Hale
Feb 17, 2013 | 2837 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the referee in Saturday’s 132 lbs. Class 1A-4A AHSAA State Championship match held up two fingers to indicate the winning score and signal the end of the overtime match, Dora Bulldog senior Blake Boshell slumped to the mat, smiled broadly and held up three fingers of his own.

The message behind Boshell’s gesture was a nod at history: He had just won his third consecutive state championship — a first for Dora’s historic wrestling program, as well as being the first Walker County wrestler to earn three state titles.

It wasn’t an easy ride for Boshell, who came into the championship match with two wins by one-point decisions — 6-5 in the opening match on Friday against Lee’s Christian Simmons and 2-1 over St. James’ Matt Murray.

Lincoln’s Jamario Howard posed a serious challenge to Boshell’s opportunity for a three-peat — a sophomore who entered the tournament with a 37-6 record. As the two grapplers locked in a battle of moves and counters, the three-round regulation ended with a 1-1 tie, sending the match into sudden death overtime where the first points that were scored would earn a victory.

Seconds into the overtime period, Howard had the advantage and looked to take Boshell down. However, the two-time defending champion’s experience would pay off, with Boshell recognizing the opening left by Howard and securing a reversal for two points, ending the match and earning Boshell his third state title.

Following the end of the tournament, Boshell and Howard’s match would be named the top match of the Class 1A-4A portion of the tournament by the coaches and officials in attendance.

Boshell received his championship medal and a copy of his title bracket by the director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Steve Savarese.

Dora’s Austin Everett also had a great showing at the tournament, finishing in third place after winning the 126 lbs. class consolation bracket portion of the tournament. The sophomore defeated Deshler’s Taylor Shirley with a 12-6 decision.

Corner senior Cody Deason ended his senior season on an impressive note, finishing a state runner-up in the 220 lbs. class after a narrow 3-2 loss to St. Clair County’s Levi Green in the championship match.