JOSEPH — Trace Evans was dominant on the mat at the Jo-Hi Invite Thursday, June 3, pinning three of his four opponents on the way to easily winning the 160-pound class and helping Enterprise to a fourth-place finish as a team.
Evans, the defending state runner-up, pinned each of his first three opponents in the round robin-style tournament — two of which he stuck in the first round. He opened with a 65-second win-by-fall over Crane’s Austin Ward, then pinned Elgin’s Joe Lathrop in 3:28, and needed just 21 seconds to finish off Elgin’s Gen Wintersteen.
The final match was more of a challenge, but Evans fended off Culver’s Anthony Hood by a 4-0 decision to finish the day undefeated.
He scored half of the Outlaws’ 32 points on the day.
Powerhouse Culver won the meet with 213 points and six champions.
The other two Outlaw wrestlers both placed third: Tegan Evans earned two victories, including a pin of Trever Smith of Culver in 1:39, to place third at 145 pounds. Cody Fent, wrestling at 182, added a win by fall over Abel Huizer of Culver in 31 seconds.
It was a tougher afternoon for Joseph, which had just three wins on the mat and finished seventh with 17 points.
Two of those victories came from Kale Ferguson. The sophomore, fresh off a state championship on the track a few weeks ago, pinned both Huizer and Fent at 182 pounds — needing just 43 seconds combined in the two matches — to take second behind Culver’s Nicolas Navarro, who pinned him in 3:25 on the way to winning the weight class.
Juston Rogers earned the Eagles’ other win with a pin of Crane’s Jesse Brown — in 17 seconds — at 138 pounds. Rogers finished in fourth.
The biggest loss for Joseph was of Jonah Staigle, who fell in his first match at 220 pounds by fall to Seth Butler and suffered an injury that forced him out of his final three scheduled matches of the day.
Enterprise competes at the Riverside Duals Thursday, June 10, then both teams compete at the 2A/1A Special District 4 meet Thursday, June 17, in Culver.