Faces: David Lau

By Beacon Staff

In the heat of the season, David Lau’s day: morning practice, sprints, weight lifting, classes and more practice. Then there is eating healthy and keeping weight under control.

“During wrestling season it’s a kind of lifestyle that everyone goes through together,” said Lau, a senior at Flathead High School. “You get out of it what you put into it.”

This year Lau put enough into it to come out on top of the 160-pound division at state. The Flathead Braves shattered state records on their way to their third straight state championship.

“You’ve been striving for it for four years of high school,” Lau said of winning state. “And to get it is sweet.”

Lau admits you don’t get there alone. His support group is all encompassing. His parents have missed just one wrestling event – a trip to Minnesota – during his entire career. His younger brother Shawn, “is actually probably a better wrestler than I am,” admits Lau. And his sister, Cera, is the team’s manager and his teammates are, “basically like having 15 brothers.”

Yet when it comes to the duel inside the circle, “You’re the only person out there. You don’t have to rely on anyone else. You make it or break it yourself.”