It has been quite a senior year for Bozeman's Keavon Buckley.
Buckley first kicked off the fall with a state championship on the gridiron. He followed that up with an incredible senior wrestling season, posting a 40-1 record and picking up a the AA state title in the 195 pound weight class. On Friday, Buckley committed to Boise State to continue his career on the mat.
"You know, you don't have many chances to go to a Division I college and do a sport," said Buckley. "Let a lone do one of the toughest sports out there."
"It speaks a lot about Keavon and the amount of work he's put in," said Bozeman Hawk wrestling coach Nate Laslovich. "To have a kid go to a Division I in wrestling is a huge feat because there's an enormous population of wrestlers in the country. To get a college scholarship to a big Division I school like Boise State is amazing."
Boise State and Oregon State were both coveting Buckley for wrestling, with Buckley looking at Havre and Montana Western for football. Though Laslovich says he would have been proud of Buckley with whatever sport he chose, he is thrilled he ultimately chose wrestling.
"I would've been happy for him regardless of what he did," said Laslovich. "I'm obviously excited that he's wrestling. I'll go watch him at Boise State. I don't know if my smile is big enough right now, but I'm pumped about it!"
Even though Buckley has been dominant on the mats in high school, he says it will take some time before he can dominate at the Division I level.
"Obviously not right away" said Buckley. "It's a totally different ball game, but I sure hope I can later in my career."
Buckley isn't the first Hawk this year to commit to Boise State. Earlier this year Will Dissly committed to the Broncos for football, but once Bronco head coach Chris Peterson left for Washington State, Dissly decided to follow. Buckley says you won't have to worry about him changing colleges.
"I think this one is a permanent one for me," Buckley laughed. "You don't have to worry about me switching schools."