On February 16th, 2013, while Indiana was consumed with the State Tournament going on at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, 300 miles away in Kentucky another Indiana legend was doing what he does best: winning.
Nathan Boston, former Lawrence North standout and 2011 IHSAA State Champion, pinned his way through the KHSAA State Championships for Woodford County. Coached by Wrestling Hall of Famer and 3x NCAA All-American Joe Carr, Woodford County placed 4th in what was a competitive field for the perennial powerhouse.
"When I first heard Nathan was going to be moving down from Indiana back to Kentucky, and more importantly coming back to Woodford County, I was excited to say the least", explains Coach Carr, who is also assisted by his son and 4x NCAA Qualifier, Joe Carr, Jr.
At the beginning of 2012, Boston's grandparent's health was fading and the family decided to pack up and head back to their roots in order to take care of them. Originally from Kentucky, with Nathan's brother Robert currently wrestling 125 pounds for Camblesville University and father, former standout on Woodford County's wrestling team placing 3rd his senior year, the move only made sense.
"When I first learned we were moving back to Kentucky, I knew I would miss the friends and success I had in Indiana, but my family's priorities come first", stated Boston. He continued, "plus my goal of becoming an NCAA Champion is not deferred just because I move states."
Boston capped off this season at Woodford County a spotless 53-0, with 40 pins, including 5 at the state finals, bringing his career win total to 146-1. He led the team and broke school records in every major category, and has amassed over 600 takedowns and 100 falls in his high school career. He is a Flo National finalist, was ranked as high as 2nd nationally, and is currently ranked 11th in nation.
Many contribute his falling in the national rankings due to his one lone loss against Stevan Micic, (Hanover Central, 2x IHSAA State Champ and Cadet National Champ) in the 2012 IHSAA State Finals. Boston suffered a broken thumb 2 weeks earlier but was so competitive he chose, as many wrestlers do, simply to just tape it up.
With weekly training and over 10 matches during that span, the broken thumb, which required surgery, only got worse. Although they have split matches now with Boston beating him previously at the ISWA State Championship, he ended up falling to Micic 6-4 in the finals and lost out on what was once his goal of becoming one of Indiana's elite 4x undefeated State Champions.
"Yeah, that loss hurt", said Boston. "Most people don't know or care I was injured, but everything happens for a reason. If anything I use that loss and my doubters as fuel to help further drive me to my goals."
He continues, "I've heard some people think I moved back because of the loss to Stevan, but that's not the case at all. The people who know me the best know I am not scared of anyone. Although I definitely aim to get that loss back, my focus is bigger than just him. Sure he is a good wrestler, but my sights are much higher."
Boston has had several college offers from a variety of Big 10 schools, and has his eyes primarily set on Illinois, Iowa State, Arizona State, North Carolina and Old Dominion. His goal is to win a few NCAA titles and major in business with an emphasis on Sales. Until then, it is wrestling, wrestling, wrestling.
"It's back to training now," concluded Boston. "I'll spend the next several months bouncing between Woodford with the Carrs and Indiana Pride with Coach Hull, and it's off to win a national title this summer."