Evans thrives on discipline

 

 

Relentless conditioning gives this Council Rock South 152-pounder an edge.

 

 

By Rick O'Brien

 

 

Inquirer Suburban Staff

 

Dillon Evans bounced on his toes near the far end of Council Rock

South's gymnasium, anxiously waiting for his championship-round match in

the Escape the Rock Tournament.

 

Then, showing his ability to wear down an opponent and stay poised in a

closely contested match, Evans topped Bethlehem Freedom's Zach Sigley,

3-1, in overtime. It marked the third time this season that Evans had

defeated Sigley.

 

"I knew it was going to be a brawl," Evans said. "I just had to go out

there and get the job done."

 

Evans been getting the job done ever since he joined the Council Rock

South wrestling squad. The 5-foot-9 senior has won three sectional

championships, two district titles and a regional crown.

 

This year, competing at 152 pounds, Evans owns a 19-4 record. At last

month's elite Reno Tournament of Champions, where he placed fourth, he

earned his 100th career victory.

 

"He's a real competitor," Council Rock South coach Brad Silimperi said.

"He fights for points and it's very difficult to score against him."

 

Wrestling is in Evans' blood. His father, Ed, won a sectional

championship for Council Rock in 1981.

 

Ed Evans is the president of the team's booster club. He coordinated

last week's second annual Escape the Rock Tournament, spending long

hours at the school Friday and Saturday.

 

As a youngster competing for the Council Rock Wrestling Association,

Dillon Evans was coached by his father.

 

"At first, I was kind of nervous about him being my coach," Dillon Evans

said. "I thought he might put a lot of pressure on me. But that didn't

happen. He only pushed me as much as I needed to be pushed."

 

Ed and Dillon Evans are not the only sectional champions in the family.

Tom Evans, Ed's father, became Neshaminy High's first sectional

champion in 1958. He added another sectional title in 1960.

 

"He's probably my biggest fan," Dillon Evans said of his grandfather.

"He's at every one of my matches. He's really happy when I do well."

 

Last summer, Evans competed for the Middle Atlantic Wrestling

Association in the Junior Olympic Games in Virginia Beach, Va. His

teammates included Council Rock South's Dustin Tancredi and Upper

Perkiomen's Zack Kemmerer.

 

"Dillon is a much more disciplined wrestler than I was," Ed Evans said.

"And he's very disciplined."

 

Evans, who lives in Holland, Bucks County, has tirelessly worked on his

conditioning.

 

"When I go on the mat, I know I'm in better shape than my opponent," the

17-year-old said. "If I keep attacking, I'm confident that my opponent

will get tired and make mistakes."

 

One of Evans' goals this year is to medal in the PIAA Class AAA state

tournament. Nazareth High's Tim Darling, a two-time state champion who

has orally committed to Penn State, is one of the favorites in the

152-pound class.

 

"I lost to him in overtime at the Bethlehem Holiday Classic, so I know

I'm right there with him," Evans said.

 

Evans has received recruiting interest from Maryland, Virginia Tech and

George Mason, among others. He will likely wait until after the season

to make a decision.

 

"I don't really think about it," he said. "The more I think about it,

the more it will get into my head. I'm only worried about my senior

season and helping the team do well."

 

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Pictures of Dillon at the Escape the Rock Wrestling Tournament (as was 
referred to in the Philly Inquirer article. Dillon was the tournament 
champion at 152 pounds. That would be him on the top of the podium.
 
You can view the album at the following address:
 
http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/viewalbum.aspx?a=351714
 

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