Season a turning point for Evart wrestlers
EVART -- By many accounts, the recently completed 2019-20 season could be a positive turning point for the Evart wrestling team.
Coached by Ben Bryant in his second season, the Wildcats turned in a 7-10 overall record and went 3-2 within the Highland Conference, finishing second-place in the league in the process.
Bryant said finishing one step away from the top spot of the conference standings "was a huge step for our program."
While they put forward a quality team performance to finish where they did, the Wildcats also saw a number of individuals rack up their own accolades.
Cole Hopkins went 38-6 and Reese Ransom finished his season not far behind his teammate with a 38-9 overall record.
"They displayed great effort, pride, and leadership throughout the season," Bryant said.
As well as Hopkins and Ransom, Darren Gostlin overcame an early-season injury to end his year at 28-11; Sam Bailey was one match away from being a state qualifier and went 27-20 on the season.
"Team-wise, we had our ups and downs," Bryant said. "We placed second in the conference, but we let some duals slip away that we could have won."
Bryant added that most of the struggles his team faced this season were due to sickness and its "overall experience as a team."
Dom Malicki will be the only Wildcat Bryant will be losing to graduation in the offseason. Bryant was both grateful for Malicki's effort this year and enthusiastic about the prospect of another incoming freshman class.
"(Malicki) was a first-year wrestler that filled a big spot for us," Bryant said. "The fact that we have so many returning starters has me very excited for next season."