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Boulanger earns state title, top-5 regional finish

Milford High School junior Mikey Boulanger won Hockomock League MVP honors this year after 36 victories and a state title. Photo credit: Jose Pinto

MHS wrestler helped team place second in state meet

By Chris Villani

By this point in his career, Mikey Boulanger has gotten used to winning. The Milford High School junior wrestler posted a 36-3 record this season and won the state championship in the 138lb weight class and finished fourth in the New England Regional meet.

He was also part of a Scarlet Hawks’ team that once again rolled through Hockomock League competition and came within a mere 1.5 points of winning a third straight state title.

“I feel like everyone wrestled well this year,” Boulanger said. “I felt like I definitely wrestled well at the end of the year at states, and I had a lot of fun at New England.”

This year marked Boulanger’s third straight trip to the regional meet. After a fifth-place finish a season ago, he placed fourth this year. He has moved up in weight class during each of his three seasons at Milford. After starting at 113lbs as a freshman, he wrestled at 126 last year before moving to 138 this winter. His 2023-2024 season got off to a late start after he suffered a collarbone injury during an offseason tournament.

“I just landed on it wrong, and it broke,” he said. “I knew I would be back at some point, but it was just about not being rusty and not performing as well as I could have. It took me a few weeks of matches to get my confidence back and shake off some of the rust.”

Boulanger bounced back in fine fashion, and was named Hockomock League MVP at the end of the season. But, in his mind, he still wanted more out of his junior campaign.

“Obviously, the number one goal on my mind was trying to win New England, and I didn’t accomplish that,” Boulanger said. “But, being out for the first month of the season, one of my goals was just to get back and wrestle as well as I can.”

Boulanger has his sights set on his senior year and has plans to wrestle in college as well. He said he is trying to get quicker on his feet and improve some of his skills, including his hand fighting, and add to his repertoire of moves that he can employ on the mat.

In between his divisional state title and fourth-place regional finish, Boulanger placed second in the all-state meet, falling in overtime in the final. This year’s results give him some clear-cut goals for his next season.

“Definitely,” he said, “I want to win all three.”