David Evans, a junior wrestler at Tunkhannock Area High School, competed earlier this month at the Northeast Greco/Freestyle wrestling competition at East Stroudsburg University.
Eleven states were represented at the competition. Wrestlers came from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The Freestyle competition was held May 3 - 4 and Roman Greco was May 5. This was a qualifier for 2019 US Marine Corps Junior National Pennsylvainia team heading to Fargo, North Dakota and also a pick for the junior dual team going to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Evans took third in freestyle and first in Greco-roman earning him a spot on the Pennsylvania team for freestyle and Greco at the Fargo Dome in North Dakota.
He was also asked to join the PA duel team heading to Tulsa, Oklahoma, however had to turn it down because he will be wrestling in the ESPN team duals in Disney World on the same dates.
Evans’ busy summer on the mats begins wrestling for the Mighty Ducks team over Memorial Day weekend in Virginia Beach team duals.
Evans had a tough start to his junior season, as he broke his right radius bone in practice on New Year’s Eve.
“We were doing live wrestling at practice and I went to turn in, I caught my hand in the mat and it bent backwards,” said the 120-pounder in an interview earlier this year.
He returned to the mat in time to get the gold at districts, where Evans picked up consecutive championships, as he took first in Class 3 AAA two years ago.
Evans also captured gold in the Class 2A Northeast Regional individual wrestling tournament this season, advancing him to Hershey.
He didn’t place at the state level, but the junior gained valuable experience in the tournament.
Evans finished his junior season with a 22-4 record for the Tigers.