One of the lasting images last year's state wrestling tournament was the backflip Deer Creek's Nolan Boyd performed after winning his first title.
Boyd picked up championship No. 2 on Saturday night but there wasn't an encore on the backflip.
With Deer Creek in the hunt for its first team championship, team points were at a premium. The team was deducted a point after last year's backflip.
Boyd was dominant all season and punctuated his fantastic junior season with an 8-0 major decision to claim the Class 5A 171-pound championship.
�This just proves last year wasn't a fluke,� Boyd said. �That was my goal this year � to prove to people I do belong here.�
No better way to prove it than to beat everybody you compete against. Boyd finishes his season at 43-1. His only loss is to Tuttle's Zachary Beard, who Boyd also beat earlier in the season.
In the championship against Altus' Drake Martel, Boyd left no doubt. His plan was to wear Martel down early. He did that, scoring a takedown and earned two points on nearfalls on two separate occasions.
�I could feel him getting weaker,� Boyd said. �His conditioning was just about gone. That last period was just about riding him out.�
And staying calm. Before the final seconds, coach Andy Howington was stressing to Boyd to not get too excited. Earn the major decision, shake hands and celebrate later, and that's what Boyd did.
If it wasn't for Collinsville going a perfect 3-for-3 in championships, it would have been the Antlers claiming the title. Instead, Deer Creek ended up finishing second. Boyd's win over Martel kept the Antlers ahead of the Bulldogs, who placed third.
The Antlers put themselves in contention for the title with a strong first session Saturday. Cole Pacheco, Chad Draper and Alex Christensen all earned third-place finishes. Christensen and Pacheco picked up bonus points by pinning their opponents.
�This was a great team effort,� Boyd said. �We did everything we could. We showed we are one of the elite programs.�
Deer Creek senior Zach Dunlop placed second at 130, losing to Duncan's Justin Hughes in the championship.