Evans Finishes Fourth At 157 Pounds At NCAA Mideast Regional

Junior Ian Evans finished fourth at 157 pounds at the NCAA Mideast Regional.
Junior Ian Evans finished fourth at 157 pounds at the NCAA Mideast Regional.
Ian Evans


WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Junior Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) came up just short in his goal of reaching the NCAA Division III championships, but still came away with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Sunday at Lycoming College.

Evans began the day with a semifinal match in which he could have secured a spot at nationals with a victory. But he suffered the narrowest of victories, 3-1 in sudden victory, to Wilkes sophomore Nicholas Racanelli.

That dropped Evans into the consolation bracket, but still with a chance to finish third. There, he edged Baldwin Wallace's Richard Burke, 3-2, to reach the third-place match. Again with a spot in nationals on the line, Evans lost 5-3 to Messiah's Larry Cannon, the top seed in the weight class.

Evans finishes his season with a record of 29-8, matching his win total from his freshman year, which is tied for seventh-most in a single season on Royals history. He now has 90 career wins, third-most in school history, three shy of tying for second and 35 behind the all-time record of 125 held by Darren Buseman (1993-2003).

Two other Scranton wrestlers were still alive in the consolation bracket on Sunday – sophomore Nicholas DePierro (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold) at 133 pounds and sophomore at 165 pounds.

DePierro, who went 3-1 on Saturday, entered Sunday needing three straight wins to finish third and secure a spot in nationals. But the day did not go his way, as he lost his first match, a consolation quarterfinal, by a 14-5 major decision to Baldwin Wallace's Jesse Gunter, the top seed who went on to finish third.

The loss ended DePierro's season, his first with the Royals. He finished with a 24-14 record, and the 24 wins are tied for 13th-most in a single season in program history.

D'Apolito entered in the same situation, three wins from a spot at nationals, but also lost his first match, falling to John Carroll's Jordan Victor, 4-3. D'Apolito finished the season with a 15-18 record.

The Royals finished the event 16th among 18 teams with 28 points.


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