Evart freshman wrestler anxious to test his skills


EVART  — Jonah Smith is a freshman who could be among the key wrestlers for Evart’s first club team this season.

He’s wrestled in the youth program in the past and was set to enter the high school competition last Saturday when the Wildcats wrestled at Big Rapids. The middle school experience enabled Smith and other wrestlers a chance to get introduced with the sport before hitting the high school level.

Smith and others have been practicing for more than three weeks on the new mats laid out during workouts in the Evart Middle School cafeteria.

“We practice more” on the high school level, Smith noted. “I was all right, I guess” in the middle school level.

He’s also involved in the football program. Wrestling “I think is more fun and more challenging,” he said. “You practice hard.”

Past experience should help him, Smith said. Right now, defense looks to be among his strengths. Practices have focused on techniques, he added.

The key for success on the mat will be “not to make mistakes,” Smith said. He’s hoping to be wrestling his best by the end of the season.

The Wildcats have seven wrestlers on the high school level. If the youth program can increase those numbers in future years, it will be extremely helpful for himself and other members in the program, Smith said. Evart will also be wrestling Dec. 17 at Pine River.