Nolan Boyd's third individual state championship didn't come easy.
The Deer Creek junior broke his foot with three games remaining in football season, and has wrestled all year with a metal plate in his shoe to keep his foot from moving.
But, metal plate and all, Boyd beat Lawton MacArthur's Garrett Shaw on Saturday to finish the season 40-0 and win another title.
Boyd, who was on The Oklahoman's Big All-City football team as a defensive lineman, said doctors told him his foot would likely never totally heal.
“They said it would never fully heal together, but it may connect with scar tissue,” Boyd said.
“But I went back to the doctor in the middle of wrestling season, and God blessed me. He said it was healing back together.”
Throughout the wrestling season, Boyd has had to adjust his style because of the injury and the metal plate.
“I just used my upper body because I couldn't drive off of it,” Boyd said.
Deer Creek coach Andy Howington said: “He'd just go out there, go for a big throw, pin them and get off the mat.”
Boyd became Deer Creek's first-ever three-time state champion. But both Boyd and Howington say the next three-timer is sophomore Cole Pacheco, who won the 145-pound title Saturday and finished the season 42-2.
“The strides he made from last year to this year is unreal,” Howington said.
Collinsville won the 5A team title with 124 points, and Altus was second with 79.
As a team, Deer Creek finished in third place in Class 5A behind champion Collinsville and runner-up Altus.