Bismarck High wrestler Laken Boese went from missing the state tournament as a freshman to winning it all as a sophomore. In his junior year, he is tackling his next hurdle: Moving up two weight classes.
This season, Laken Boese made the jump from the 106 weight class to the 120 weight class.
“I guess I grew over the summer,” Boese said. “It’s also working better for the team.”
Laken also spent time in the weight room.
Laken wrestling up cleared other positions for Co-Head Coach Jeff Schumacher.
“We needed him up two weight classes,” Schumacher said. “We had two other good kids that we bring in at 106 and 113.”
The 2017 106 lbs Class A state champion is having no trouble at 120.
“Won the Lions and the Rotary,” Boese said. “Those are a couple of big tournaments.
And don’t forget about wining WDA this past weekend.
Coach Schumacher credits Laken’s work ethic for his success.
“Six in the morning,” Schumacher said. “I can count on him being there. If he’s gone, it’s like, ‘Oh, Laken must be sick today.'”
Laken credits the loss he suffered as a freshman two seasons ago when he missed the state tournament.
“I thought I would for sure make it,” Boese said. “I had actually beaten some top ranked guys earlier that year. I didn’t pull through in the tournament time.”
If Laken wins a state title at the 120 weight division, it will be his second in a row. His quest begins Thursday against Josh Isassi.