Badger wrestler Evan Barajas, who finished the season fighting at 132 with a 48-6 record, 40 by pin, and a third-place state finish, will fight on as a Panther in Iowa next year.
“We officially signed Evan on Friday,” Ellsworth Community College head wrestling coach Tyson Springer confirmed. “We have been recruiting him most of the year and we’re very excited to make this official.”
Ellsworth Community College is in Iowa Falls, a small scenic town of 5,238 straddling the Iowa River. Its wrestling program is part of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, and their wrestling team has finished in the top ten for the past decade, earning a fifth-place spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association list of the best junior college schools for wrestling.
Springer, who hails from Seattle and who attended North Idaho College at the turn of the century and became familiar with North Idaho wrestling, said he’s excited to welcome Barajas.
“He’s a young scrapper who has medaled all four years of high school and he has a lot of exciting potential fighting at the next level, and I think Ellsworth Community College is going to suit him well,” Springer said. “We’re building and focusing on recruiting, and I’m excited to get him here!”