Lathrop wrestler signs commitment following recruiting change

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 4:48 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In the spring season, snow is melting, schools are preparing for summer break, and high school seniors are planning the next step in their life. One Lathrop Malemute senior has made her commitment to continue her academic and athletic career in Fayette, Missouri. Wrestler, Kierstyn Bockert, has committed to wrestling at Central Methodist University.

“It feels pretty good,” said Bockert. “It was definitely stressful, but since I’ve made the decision, I feel a little bit better.”

Bockert experienced a late change in her recruiting process and was planning on signing with a different university just a matter of weeks ago. Bockert had planned on signing her letter of intent with teammate Autumn Poland in a dual-ceremony, but Bockert pushed the signing back because a better offer came calling from Central Methodist.

“I was going to go to another school and was going to sign a few weeks ago,” Bockert referenced. “I had gotten a better offer at a different school, and I have family and friends there, so it was definitely a better fit for me.”

“It gives us a little bit more comfort knowing she has family there,” added Kierstyn’s mom, Heather.

In the collegiate commitment flip, Bockert will actually be closer to her former teammate, Autumn Poland, rather than if she would’ve gone to her original choice. “That was one of the factors that played into me wanting to go to this school,” said Bockert.

Bockert has been a key piece for girl’s wrestling at Lathrop. She was a part of a state runner-up finish in her sophomore year and back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior. As an individual, Bockert reached two state finals and captured one title. Her collegiate goals are clear: All-American, National Champion, and World Team member.

Kierstyn also played volleyball growing up, but channeled her main focus into wrestling. “Our family is a wrestling family,” mentioned Bockert on her decision. “I’ve always been at the tournaments since I was little. So, my family really wanted me to start wrestling, and I started wrestling.”

At the moment, Kierstyn is undecided in her course of study for the fall, but is ready to get to Missouri to get on campus, get into the gym, and be on the mat. Bockert might be done in the realm of high school wrestling but has two more competitions before the start of fall semester. A June tournament in Utah, and a national tournament in July in Fargo, North Dakota. She also mentioned she’ll take a break between nationals and starting her collegiate journey.

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