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Solon’s Lance Evans grew up an Iowa State fan and his dad attended college in Ames.
When the University of Iowa wrestling coaches came calling, he traded cardinal and gold for black and gold
Evans, the Spartans’ Class 2A 220-pound state champion, announced Thursday that he had verbally committed to wrestle for the Hawkeyes and head coach Tom Brands.
Evans considered multiple factors in his decision. Iowa seemed the best opportunity to achieve the most success.
“it seemed like the right fit between academics and athletics,” Evans said. “I really liked the coaches and all the guys there.
“I felt comfortable and made me feel like it was the right place to go.”
Iowa State, Nebraska and Air Force were among his other choices. Evans switched his preference, following his meeting with Iowa staff.
“It’s just until recently,” Evans said. “After the state tournament, coaches came to the house and talked to me about the possibility of becoming a Hawkeye. I decided it was the best for me.”
The Hawkeyes will welcome an athletic, big body to the room. He plans to wrestle heavyweight. As a 17-year-old senior, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is still growing.
“He’s got a big frame,” said Solon Coach T.J. Bevans, who was previously an assistant before accepting the head coaching post Thursday. “He’s going to be a quicker heavyweight. He’s good on top. He won’t give up many escapes when he gets to 260.”
Evans was a three-time state medalist, placing seventh at 182 as a sophomore and fifth at 195 as a junior. He capped a perfect with a 31-0 mark in February. Evans won more than 80 matches as a prep, but missed the entire regular season his junior year, recovering from surgery to repair torn cartilage.
Injuries may have allowed him to fly under some radars, preventing him from the statistical resume of other recruits, That is well behind him.
“I don’t really think it makes a difference now,” Evans said. “I’m healthy now and ready to go there and work hard.”
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