By Alicia Dziak

On Saturday, Feb. 11, SGI 8th grader Mikey Evans won the Section VI, Division II wrestling Championships at the Salamanca Allegheny Community Center for the 99 lb. weight class.

Evans went into the tournament as the 3rd seed and beat a number of seeded opponents to earn a trip to the State Championships in Albany on Feb. 24 and 25.

“Mikey has stepped his game up, so to speak, at the right time,” said SGI Wrestling Coach Mark Vogel. “He’s gotten visibly stronger and more aggressive in his wrestling since the beginning of the season and it’s paying off. He has the right mindset going into this next level of wrestling.  He is not complacent just to make it to states.  He will push himself these next two weeks and will look to place in the state tournament.”

Evans has built up momentum at the right time, winning the last three tournaments the team has participated in and looks to carry that energy with him next weekend to the Times Union Center where he’ll square off with the best wrestlers from across the state.

“Not only is this an exceptional accomplishment for Mikey, but one for the team as well,” noted Vogel.  “The wrestlers support and motivate each other to succeed and this is a testament to the hard work they put in this year.  We have 10 wrestlers committed to a Southtowns wrestling club starting at the end of this month and will look to add to this success moving forward.”

Excellent work and good luck Mikey!

Senior Ian Baker entered the Section VI Division II tournament as the 2nd seed.  In his first match of the day, he earned a tech fall to move on to the semifinals.  In his match against Zak Trim of Maple Grove, Baker was winning the match in the second period when he got caught in a tough position and was pinned.  He went on to win his next two matches by pinfall to earn a 3rd place finish.  Because of his 2nd place finish from his junior year and 3rd place finish this year, Baker will be considered for an at-large bid to the state tournament.