Evart wrestler reflects on quality season

Ransom a valuable three-sport athlete for Evart

Riley Ransom is declared the winner at a recent match for Evart.

Riley Ransom is declared the winner at a recent match for Evart.

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EVART – Riley Ransom has been a very valuable to the Evart wrestling program as was his brother, Reese, a former Wildcat athlete.

Ransom last week helped the Wildcats win a team district title, the first in school history. The season ended at Hesperia in a regional loss to St. Louis.

Ransom, a junior, placed third at 152 pounds last weekend at the individual district and will be competing in the regional on Saturday.

It’s his second year of varsity wrestling.

“Last year, I didn’t wrestle too much,” Ransom said. “I got a lot stronger over the summer.”

Ransom started out the season at 160 but is now at 152. He’s had a winning record this season. His wins at the team district, with Evart going 2-0 for the title, were probably the most memorable.

His highest finish at an individual tournament has been fourth. He was hoping to advance to regional and got that accomplished.

“I’m hoping to make it all the way to state this year,” Ransom said. “I think I have  a good shot.”

As for his strengths as a wrestler, “I feel I’m decent on the bottom and I can work on pretty much on everything else,” Ransom said. “I can fine tune it.”

His brother Reese graduated last year and Riley noted he, like his brother, takes a lot of shots while on the mat.

“I need to get better at doing that,” Ransom said.

The team “has been practicing hard this year,” he said. “We’ve filed a lot of our empty (weight classes) this year That helps a lot as we’re not giving up as many voids.”

He also plays football and baseball for Evart. He has played baseball the longest and indicated it might be his best sport. But he likes them all.

In baseball, he’s a catcher, third baseman and pitcher.