In a reverse way, junior 132-pounder Xavier Boisvert can probably relate to the 19th-century short story “Man Without a Country.”
Boisvert is from Haverhill, where he started wrestling in the eighth grade in the Haverhill Youth Program, he attends school in Amesbury and he wrestles for Whittier Tech as part of the co-op program.
“This way, I have three sets of people rooting for me,” mused Boisvert last week.
True, but in some ways it’s like there is no serious backing at all, especially at school.
“I don’t get a lot of recognition at school,” said Boisvert, who was 33-12 as a sophomore and is off to a great start this year. “I won the vocational tournament and went to (Division 2) states and no one really knew.
“Most people (at Amesbury) know I wrestle ... it’s just not as big a sport to them. But it is to me.”
Wrestling became important to Boisvert almost immediately. Shortly after starting with the sport, he began going to workouts at the Dough Boy club in Lowell. He switched to Smitty’s Barn, where he’s been training ever since, going up against the likes of Haverhill standout Reece Millington and Methuen All-Scholastic Christian Monserrat.
Boisvert, who is one of three Amesbury students wrestling for the Wildcats, played football as a freshman, but gave up on the gridiron after one year so that he could focus all his attention to the mat.
“I knew wrestling was the sport for me and I didn’t want to any regrets when I’m done,” he said.
Boisvert’s commitment certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“I’ve never met someone with such a strong work ethic and positive attitude,” said Whittier coach Harry Takesian. “There is no quit in him. He’s always looking to improve. He wants to be the best.”
For this year, at least, Boisvert has specific goals in mind.
He said, “I’d like to place at All-State, get to New England and get as close to 100 wins as I can so I don’t have to worry about it next year.”
If he can do all that as a junior, his classmates and teachers at Amesbury will have to take notice.
Long-range, Boisvert hopes to wrestle for the Air Force Academy. He’s already visited the school and talked to the wrestling coach.
“I want to serve my country and it’s a great education,” explained Boisvert. “If you go to a military school, it opens doors.”