Finding a second family at Wartburg

By Katie Kreis ’19

Lance Evans discovered a family among his Wartburg College wrestling teammates and learned more about himself than he anticipated in the process.

Evans ’18, of Solon, wrestles at 285 pounds and has racked up a career record of 78-5 with 40 pins. As a sophomore, Evans placed third at nationals; he finished fourth his junior year. The biology major also has earned CoSIDA Academic All-District, NWCA Scholar All-American, and Academic All-Conference honors. He also is a two-time Third-team Academic All-American.

Putting in his time in the classroom is just as important as his commitment to his teammates, who are seeking the school’s 14th national title this season. Evans, who transferred from the University of Iowa during his freshman year, hopes to continue his education in medical school at either the University of Iowa or Mayo Clinic School of Medicine to pursue his dreams of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

He credits his wrestling coaches and teammates with teaching him the necessary time management and prioritization skills needed to be successful on both fronts.

“It’s not too bad to handle wrestling and academics. You have to make up your mind that you’re going to be good at both and make the decision to get it done,” Evans said.

Wrestling is and continues to be the reason Wartburg is worth it for Evans, who was recruited by Coach Chris Ortner.

“The coaches really care about us. They are more than instructors,” he said. “They ask how I’m doing and how my family is every time they see me. We’re a family and everyone cares about each other.”

Lance Evans