Lance Evans assures you it’s not a misprint.
The Solon junior is listed in the state tournament program with a record of 4-0.
“A couple people were talking, … ‘What’s up with that?'” Evans said. “That’s actually my record.”
Evans — who placed seventh at 182 in Class 2A last year — hurt his knee wrestling during the summer.
He had multiple surgeries, and his return date was expected to be sometime in May.
Evans wasn’t interested in that timetable.
“He worked his butt off,” Solon coach Brooks McLaren said. “He has goals. He wants to win.”
Evans took a big step toward his goal Thursday, beating second-ranked Reed Dreyer of Humboldt 6-2 in a first-round match at 195.
“It means a lot, coming back, and being able to wrestle like that,” Evans said.
Evans prepared for his comeback like he was the Count of Monte Cristo planning his revenge.
The first step was to get his lungs ready to wrestle six minutes.
So Evans spent the fall and winter on the stationary bike and in the swimming pool.
“I kept telling myself I have to get in good shape to come back,” Evans said. “When I came back, I wasn’t in that bad of shape.”
Evans was given the green light the week of sectionals. He won two matches his first meet back, then two more at the district meet and arrived at state with a 4-0 record.
“His goal was to get back and make it back to state,” McLaren said. “He was the last one (in the room) every day, rehabbing.”
Evans got a tough draw to start, locking up with Dreyer. The Humboldt junior took Evans down quickly in the first period and got him into a double armbar.
“He made a great shot and I couldn’t defend it,” Evans said. “Then he put me in a double chicken wing. I kept trying to fight out of it and not get turned. I rode it out.”
Evans trailed 2-0 after one period, and Dreyer chose bottom. Instead of giving up another point on an escape, Evans put a saddle on Dreyer and took the lead with back points.
Evans got three more back points in the third period to provide the winning margin.
“I just rode tough, trying to control him the best I could,” Evans said.
Next up for Evans is a quarterfinal match against fourth-ranked Riley Denny of Centerville. Denny has 41 wins on the season.
Evans now has five.
“I came here to wrestle tough, and see how it turns out,” Evans said.
Evans’ two teammates both lost first-round matches.
Sophomore Louis Gnida (113) lost on a reverse with six seconds left against 10th-ranked Colton Milosevich of Woodward.
Sophomore Logan Linderbaum (285) got caught and was pinned in the second period by No. 5 Sean Easler of Assumption.
Gnida and Linderbaum won their consolation matches.
Also in 2A, Phirom Peterschmidt (182) and Nearoth Peterschmidt (195) of Mid-Prairie lost first-round matches. Both won in the consolation round.
Elliot Henderson of West Liberty won his first-round match at 120, topping Grant Sherman of Saydel 6-3. Henderson now gets a shot at top-ranked and undefeated Leighton Gaul of New Hampton today.
Comet teammate Juan Martinez (285) was pinned by Josh Clark in the first round, but won his consolation.
In the morning session, the favorites advanced to the Class 1A quarterfinals.
Regina senior Daniel Gaffey, ranked second at 220, pinned Tyler Johansen of North Fayette in 2:26 to advance.
Travis Cole of Highland, ranked ninth at 126, upset eighth-ranked Colby McIntire of Central Lyon/G-LR by technical fall, 16-0.
Returning state champion Cade Jones of West Branch, ranked third at 195, pinned Blake Sappingfield of Lawton-Bronson in 1:34.
Bear teammate Casey Pence topped Austin Lentz of Ogden 10-4.
Both Lone Tree state qualifiers — Alex Yedlik (138) and Ty Robertson (182) — lost their opening matches. Yedlick won in the consolation round.