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On Saturday, March 4, Tunkhannock Area junior David Evans punched his ticket to Hershey with a runner-up finish at 106 pounds at the Northeast Regional Class 3A tournament at Bethlehem Liberty. Evans battled his way to the finals and became just the sixth wrestler in school history to do so with two wins by decision. For his accomplishments, Evans has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.

Grade, age, hometown: Sophomore, 16, Tunkhannock

Family: David, father; Liz, mother; Nicole, sister, 27; Paige, sister, 23.

Athletes I admire: Jordan Burroughs and Nick Suriano

Favorite Movie: “South paw”

Favorite TV show: “Family Guy”

Favorite band/artist: Eminem

Favorite food: McDonald’s chicken nuggets

Favorite school subject: English

Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “Connor McGregor, Muhammad Ali and Jordan Burroughs.”

Biggest role model: “My dad because he works hard and definitely pushed me to do the same this year. He and my coaches are the only reason I got to where I am right now.”

Superstitions or rituals: “Connor Munley and I mess around and wrestle before every meet and tournament, but he has to wrestle on his knees.”

What were some of your goals for this season? “Definitely to make states because last year I went 0-2 in regionals. Now I’m hoping to place.”

Did you work on anything specific to get ready for the season? “Lifting for strength because kids were able to beat me on that last year.”

How would you describe your wrestling style? “Somewhat aggressive, though I’m usually laid back. I’m patient and wait for my opponent to screw up and I aatack off that.”

What are you better at now than when you first started wrestling? “Definitely keeping my head straight. I used to think that kids could beat me but now I think anyone is beatable.”

Is there a match that sticks out to you from this season? “Probably my first match at regionals against Tal-Reese Flemming. He was someone I was most worried about because he’s really good on top and I’m not as good on bottom, but thankfully we didn’t get into that situation.”

How did it feel to win the match that would get you to states? “It was awesome. I was very excited and really happy about it because I had achieved my goal.”

How would you describe your final match? “He (Matt Mayer) caught me on my back and wracked up a pretty big lead while we mostly stayed neutral. I came back a little bit but by that time the match was over. He’s a good competitor and it was a good match.”

Do you try to get any tape on the opponents you might face? “I usually try to just wrestle my style, but I’ll try to look up videos of possible opponents if there are any. I saw (Flemming) wrestle before our match and he put a pretty good beating on the kid, so I knew I had to go in ready and focused.”

Did it matter that regionals was only a one-day event? “I’m actually glad it was because I stayed ready after I wrestled. If we stayed in the hotel, I would have ended up dwelling on the next day’s matches all night and it would have been more nerve wracking.”

Is there anything you’ll continue to work on the rest of the way? “Just conditioning and of course strength. The kids at states won’t be getting tired very easily so I’ll have to stay in matches as long as I can. I’m just going to wrestle to the best of my ability and see what happens.”

What are you most looking forward to about going down to Hershey? “The environment. Being there for the first time will be pretty cool and getting to practice there before hopefully ending up on the podium.”

What’s been your favorite part of being on the team? “Definitely my friends, I’ve made some really good friends this year and got closer with some of the seniors. It’s been fun to be on the team with them.”