(Elk Horn) Exira-EHK wrestlers Evan Hansen and Trey Sander share a common goal this season. Each has aspirations of winning a state championship. For Hansen it would be a repeat for the now 182 pounder who won as a sophomore at 145 last year. For Sander, a 195 pound senior, it would be an improvement on the 3rd place showing from last year's state tournament.
Both are off to great starts this season and each have each other to thank, at least for part of that success. Hansen sports a career record of 94-7, he qualified for state as a freshman at 113 pounds, bumped up and won it all as sophomore at 145, and now weighs in as the #1 ranked wrestler in Class 1A at 182. The added weight, he says, is just a result of him growing naturally. It allows him to make a teriffic workout partner for Trey Sander (Class 1A, #2 ranked) who has come down from 220 pounds earlier this season to the 195 pounds where he had such a strong junior season.
Sander says the battles are so close during practice that he can't remember the last time either beat the other, it's always a tie. He notes their weaknesses are the others strengths with Sander relying on his power, while Hanses describes his own strenght as a wrestler as his quickness on his feet.
Both are off to undefeated starts to the season. and each are on the verge of 100 career wins. Sander, sitting at 99 wins, hopes to get the milestone this Saturday at the Riverside tournament. Hansen will likely hit 100 during Tuesday's home dual. He has big goals at Riverside though, saying it is the only tournament he has yet to win in his prep career.
While Hansen is still a junior he says continuing to wrestle is likely in the cards. He's waiting to see what offers may come his way the next couple of years. Sander also hopes to compete at the next level but in another sport. Football is Sander's passion and he helped lead the Spartans to the state championship game this past fall. He is undecided on a college so far, but confirms he is planning to continue his football career next year.
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