As a freshman wrestling at Mount Carmel, Evan Stanley He’s finding plenty of success against the upperclassmen at 132 pounds. He is also used to competing with older kids.
So their sisters.
Leia and Haven Stanley were high school athletes at Lowell, Indiana. Haven currently plays softball at McLennan Community College in Texas.
“I didn’t have any older brothers or cousins who were boys,” Evan said. “I had two older sisters who beat me a lot. They made it harder for me.”
Stanley’s toughness was on full display during his rookie season with the Caravan. On Saturday, he won the Class 3A Hinsdale Central Regional championship, improving his record to 33-5.
Stanley attended the state meet, which will be held Thursday through Saturday at the State Farm Center in Champaign.
Mount Carmel ram Alex Tsirtsis He was impressed with how Stanley handled things as a freshman.
“There’s pressure of watching these tournaments your whole life, and now you’re finally in that spotlight,” Tsirtsis said. “You have to push that aside and fight it your way.
“He did a good job with it. He’s a really hard-working kid. He’s been wrestling all his life and has excellent skill.”
Stanley made wrestling his year-round passion.
“I started wrestling when I was 4 years old,” he said. “I was really hyperactive. My parents sent me to wrestling because I seemed to enjoy it.
“I never took a year off. I’ve never taken a full month off unless it was for surgery or a broken bone. “I’ve done special workouts, I’ve trained, I’ve made everything I do this way and I love it.”
Speaking of broken bones, Stanley hopes to be reunited with the one who caused it so long ago.
St. Charles Eastern star Okay DavinoThe Ohio State recruit, who will attempt to become a four-time state champion, heads into the state meet as the heavy favorite in Stanley’s group.
Stanley said of Davino: “He’s a wrestler I hope to meet, maybe be against him in the state finals. He broke my collarbone when I was 7 or 8.” “It’s been a long time since I wrestled.
“That was the last bone I broke. My left collarbone. It’s still slightly elevated. It’s never been the same.”
Seeing the success Davino has had, not to mention a few of his Mount Carmel teammates, is a source of motivation for Stanley.
Neither Stanley nor his coach are content with just winning, as evidenced by Stanley running a few runs immediately after beating Marist 7-2. Ethan Sonne in the regional championship game.
“Whenever I feel like I’m underperforming, then I work harder,” he said. “Even if it was after a win like (Saturday), I was chasing it.
“I try to be the best version of myself on and off the mat. That’s why I push myself to overcome everything. I expect a lot from myself throughout my life and throughout wrestling.”
Mount Carmel’s veteran wrestlers, including 175-pound regional champion Colin Kelly, appreciate Stanley’s work ethic.
“It’s great to see young people come out and show how much love they have for the sport,” Kelly said. “When you see him work that hard every day in the training room, it all comes out on the mat.”
This weekend will be Stanley’s first appearance in the state finals, at least in Illinois.
“Growing up, I was always going to the state of Indiana,” he said. “But I had my eye on going to Mount Carmel since middle school, so I kept my eye on the Illinois tournament.
“Going out there and competing is something I’m really looking forward to.”