Evart Wrestling Continuing To Grow With Help From Community

EVART – Wrestling was not always an option for student athletes at Evart High School, but that all changed a few years ago.

Now in the 2018-2019 season, the team is flourishing.

“The season is going fantastic, a lot of huge improvements, got some first year wrestlers, looking forward to the future, the future’s looking very bright,” said head coach Ryan Hopkins.

Part of their success comes from integrating a youth program, helping the younger kids be more prepared for when they get to high school competition.

“We’ve got a strong youth program, we’ve got 50-plus kid in our program. We’re building strong, we’ll have an influx of 6 freshmen coming in who have wrestled since the age of 5,” added Hopkins.

The team is young, with only three seniors, but they’re growing and ready to face any opponent.

“We have a lot more numbers than last year, so it’s nice. I’m pretty excited for this season, last season went pretty well,” said sophomore Reese Ransom.

The community of Evart has backed the team since the beginning. Their support going even further with a new facility being built for the team to train in.

“We get a lot of help from our community, they come out and support us every night it’s really nice,” said sophomore Darren Gostlin.

“We owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people,” said Coach Hopkins. “The community has been outstanding with our wrestling program, it’s all because of these boys here and our kids program. They see all the hard work they put in. We are building an 8,000-square foot facility come spring time, not only for our program but we’re bringing in the Olympic style stuff, greco, freestyle, for all the surrounding areas, look to push wrestling much stronger and forward in the future,” he added.

Next up for the Wildcats is a dual meet on Dec. 19 against Chippewa Hills.

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