EVART — Darren Gostlin is among the young wrestlers giving the four-year-old Evart varsity wrestling program a boost this season.

The Wildcat freshman got off to a 6-1 start and hopes to keep the momentum going.

He was 4-1 early in the season at the Big Rapids Invitational.

“It was pretty tough competition,” he said. “I like the tough competition.”

It’s his seventh year of wrestling.

“I just tried it as a little kid and fell into it,” Gostlin said.

The high school team has had success early in the season.

“It’s looking very good,” he said. “I’m very happy with our numbers this year.”

Gostlin said he’s been building more body strength. Neutral moves and shooting have been strengths, he indicated. He wants to improve in getting off the bottom.

“I’d like to win the conference,” he said while adding being a regional state contender are also goals.

Evart is scheduled to be at Kingsley on Tuesday and will have a Mid-Michigan Wrestling Conference home match on Jan. 10.

Chippewa Hills 59, Evart 18

Evart had a match at Chippewa Hills in late December, prior to the break, against the Warrior JV team. Evart lost 59-18.

Winners for the Wildcats were Ben Randall (152) over Malachi Espinosa on a pin in 43 seconds; Jonah Smith (160) with a pin over Paris Alston in 53 seconds and LJ Clark (171) with a pin over Ryan Peterson in 3:14.

Also for the Wildcats, Darren Gostlin (103) lost a technical fall 16-0 over Taylor Gibson; Jared Beard (112) lost 14-7 to Gavin Wellisley; Reese Ransom (130) lost a 4-0 decision to Kjidinm Bonner; Nick Robinson (215) was pinned in 18 seconds by Gabe Petoskey and Caleb Parish (285) was pinned in 1:24 by Colby Roosa.

The Wildcats forfeited at 112, 119, 135, 140, 145 and 189.