Thirty-year-old Tim Boetsch continued to impress on the mat last weekend, as he did for four years as a member of the Camden-Rockport High School wrestling team more than a decade ago.

The 2000 C-RHS graduate, who won four straight individual state titles with the Windjammers, participated in Ultimate Fighting Championship 135 Sept. 24 at the Pepso Center in Denver, Colo., and scored a unanimous three-round decision over Nick “The Promise” Ring in a match televised on Spike TV.

Boetsch’s record is 5-3 (14-4 overall in MMA) after defeating Ring, who participated in the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television show and MMA competition showcased on Spike TV. Boetsch defeated Ring 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 on the scorecards.

Boetsch, known as “The Barbarian,” began his career as a light heavyweight (205 pounds) and then dropped to the middleweight (185 pounds) earlier this year, scoring a victory over Kendall Grove at UFC 130 in May.

After graduating from CRHS, Boetsch attended Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania on a wrestling scholarship, earning a degree in criminal justice.

He began fighting in MMA, inside the ring/octagon and on a new athletic mat, in February 2002. On recently dropping down to the middleweight division, Boetsch said he is confident he will succeed in new weight class.

“I am going to keep fighting as long as I can,” he said on his website. “But I am not even thinking about losing. I am thinking about how quickly I will finish him, how brutal its gonna be when I finish him, I’m thinking about how scary I am going to be at middleweight.”

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