Ypsilanti community mourns the death of wrestling, football legend Greg Boik

Greg Boik in 2009.

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Greg Boik, a wrestling and football legend at Ypsilanti High School in the early 1970s, passed away on Aug. 15, according to his family. He later played football at Michigan for coach Bo Schembechler.

A 1973 graduate of Ypsilanti High School, Boik was a heavyweight wrestler who set what was probably a national record his senior year by pinning 32 opponents in a row.

Boik – who stood 6-5 and weighed 260 pounds – was also an All-State football player as an offensive guard, and in the fall of 1972, he was one of the most highly recruited players in the country. Michigan’s Bo Schembechler, Oklahoma’s Barry Switzer and Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, among others, came to Ypsi High to recruit the massive youngster.

Bo won the recruiting battle, and Boik accepted a full-ride scholarship to play for the Wolverines.

Greg Boik on the cover of Detroit magazine as a high school senior in 1973.

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