SALINA – Cherokee Nation citizen Boston King, competing in his third year at the Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association state tournament in February, placed fifth with a 3-2 record.
In his first year of wrestling, King competed in 12 tournaments having several first, second and third place standings.
“It’s just a fun sport. It’s a lot of courage you have to have to do that sport,” King said. “My first year in state, that was my favorite tournament ever. When I was wrestling I had good courage and I thought I would win and I kept going all the way.”
For the 2019-20 season he joined the Salina Wrestling Club in Division II and competed in several tournaments for the club including the Team Tulsa Veterans Day Open placing second, Salina King of the Ring placing first, Locust Grove Open placing third, and OKWA Northeast Regionals placing fourth.
King said he moved to SWC because there was more of an even distribution in his weight class.
He continued to wrestle for SWC in the 2020-21, moving up to Division III.
King competed in the U.S. Junior Open Championship in January in Oklahoma City and other tournaments including Battle for the Shield Open in Bixby, Vinita Super Hornet Open, SMAKdown Open in Skiatook where he placed second, and the OKWA Northeast Regionals state tournament in Coweta where he placed fifth.
Under OKWA, he has competed in 33 tournaments, five qualifying tournaments and holds 14 medals.
King is preparing for the WOW Reno Worlds open in Sparks, Nevada, in April.