Evan Strawn’s freshman season as a Blessed Trinity wrestler was one of those “close but no cigar” type of deals. But after finishing as area runner-up and one spot shy of placing at state (112 pounds) last year, Strawn had all the motivation he needed to break through as a sophomore.
“He justs wants to get better at every aspect of his wrestling,” said BT head coach Richard Barden, who described Strawn as “a sponge” due to an insatiable hunger to improve his skills.
“After being so close to placing as a freshman last year, he became even more determined to get better both physically as well as technically,” added Barden.
So far, Strawn’s hard work has paid off to the tune of a 25-5 record with 15 pins as a sophomore, including a 20-3 mark at 125 pounds. A personal highlight was Strawn’s second-place finish at the Creekview Invitational Tournament in December.
This weekend, Strawn will look to take the next step at the 6AA Duals, where he will gun for an area title at 125 pounds at Greater Atlanta Christian.
“He truly enjoys everything there is about wrestling, even the hard work,” said Barden. “Evan works just as hard in the classroom and is liked by all of his teachers because he so driven.”
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Former Georgia Tech sprinter Julian Amedee helped Fowler in the off-season on his jumps.
Amedee, an All-American who ran sprints and relays, is close to Fowler's height of 6 feet 4 inches, and taught Fowler how to stay low instead of popping up and generate power early as he tries to steal.
Fowler's agent connected him with Amedee, who is founder and co-owner of Sports Fitness Experience (SFX) in Roswell, Ga.