COLUMBIA — One of the Missouri football team's new recruits was in Columbia on Saturday displaying his talent. But, Evan Boehm, a Lee's Summit West high school senior, wasn't on the football field.
He was on the wrestling mats at Mizzou Arena competing in the Class 4 high school state championships. Boehm placed second in the 285-pound division after he was pinned in the third period by Parkway South's Donnell Walker.
The runner-up finish gave him a 22-2 final season record — another accomplishment in a spectacular high school athletic career. Last year, the Lee’s Summit West senior won three state titles in different sports.
Boehm anchored the offensive line for a Titans football team that won the 5A state championship. He was the 2011 Missouri wrestling champion at 285 pounds and was the state’s top discus thrower at the 2011 Missouri Track & Field championships.
Although he has incredible athletic talent in many sports (he also played soccer and basketball until eighth grade), his future lies on the football field. Boehm is the No. 1 offensive guard in Missouri, according to Rivals.com and has committed to play for Missouri.
Boehm said wrestling has made him a better football player and sees a lot of similarities between wrestling and playing on the offensive line.
“A lot of things you do on the wrestling mat you do on the football field — the footwork, the technique, having good balance — they all come together,” Boehm said. “I recommend every football player wrestle because it helps you so much. I take so much from the wrestling season into football season.”
Boehm is part of an impressive recruiting class for the Tigers that includes quarterback Maty Mauk and Rivals.com’s No. 1 overall player, receiver Dorial Green Beckham.
Boehm said he speaks to Green-Beckham often and is excited to be among the Tigers talented offensive recruits.
“It’s not only DGB, it’s Maty Mauk, it’s Morgan Steward. I can’t wait to start working out and playing with those guys," Boehm said. "It’s going to be a lot of fun."
Next year will be Missouri’s first year playing football in the Southeastern Conference, and though the conference is notoriously tough, Boehm has high expectations for the Tigers.
“I think we can be SEC West conference champions, go to a good bowl game and maybe even win the SEC,” Boehm said. “People doubt Missouri, but the people coming here and the people here know that we have something special here at Missouri.”