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Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country. We sent questionnaires to every DI program and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall. You can find them all, including last year’s interviews, whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.
Name: Evan Wick
School: University of Wisconsin
Class: Redshirt sophomore
After a strong redshirt season, Wick started his first official college campaign by winning 19 of his first 21 matches, including avenging his first loss by beating Logan Massa (Michigan) at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Evan would defeat Massa again at the Big Ten tournament en route a fourth-place finish that easily qualified him for his first NCAA tournament. Wrestling from the 10 seed, Wick bested the Wolverine for the third time in the second round, clinched All-American honors when he pinned Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) and kept right on winning through the third-place match, where he pinned Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven). Evan also led the Badgers in takedowns this season with 102.
Tell us the funniest road-trip story involving your team this season.
I had to run from state street to my apartment from the bus because I left my vitamins at my apartment, I got roasted for quite some time after that.
If you could pick any one of your teammates to win a national title next year, who would it be and why?
I would have to pick Zander Wick because I know how hard his training is going to be next year considering he’s my partner.
If you could be any size tomorrow, who would you want to wrestle and why?
I would much rather be a big wrestler and hope that my speed and length would be able to outmatch them. Maybe (Kyle) Snyder or (Bo) Nickal.
If you could wrestle one match, from any season since you started wrestling, over again which one would it be? Why that one? What would you do differently?
My senior year I wrestled Luke Troy. He and I were ranked top 4 in the country. We were teammates the previous year, and there was a significant amount of beef between us and the whole state knew it. We wrestled 3 times that year and they were all some of the best matches of my life.
Who is the one person at your school (staff, professor, coach, trainer, wrestler, anyone) who doesn’t get enough credit for all they do? What do they do that makes them so special?
Breanne Eoff (Sports Operations Coordinator), she does all the hard work that makes running a division 1 program so hard. The team wouldn’t have the commitment, results, and organization without her