Waverly's Evan Canoyer feels fortunate to be in the position he is. The 2020 170-pound Class B state champion has plenty of options to wrestle collegiately.
Last week, he named some of Division I wrestling’s elite in his top five schools.
He shared his thoughts on each school with The World-Herald.
Iowa State: “They started recruiting me early fall of last year. Coach (Kevin) Dresser came on a home visit and I got up there the day after football season. I love the campus and they have great coaches. It would be a great environment to go to.”
NC State: “Isaac Trumble is out there and we are really good friends. One of their coaches came to our state tournament and they are recruiting a couple other guys from our club. Their program is on the come and they are building something.”
Stanford: “I’ve been able to zoom with them and talk with all the coaches. That is the best of both worlds there. Academically it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Cornell: “They have had a good program for many years. They started recruiting me a little later but I have been able to zoom with the coaches and they are all fun and cool dudes. I am excited to meet them when I can.”
Virginia: “I’ve talked to them and Cornell probably the most over the last few months. I really like the coaching staff there. It is really a good selling point and they have a beautiful campus.”
In college, Canoyer is likely to start out at 165 pounds and work his way up to 174.
In the offseason, he wrestles with some of Nebraska’s best at MWC Wrestling Academy. Some of the wrestlers in the the room are Trumble, former Lincoln East state champion Max Mayfield, former Omaha Burke state champion Jakason Burks, former Omaha Skutt state champion Nic Stoltenberg, Millard South state champion Conor Knopic, two-time Bellevue East state champion Garrett Grice and Central City state champion Dyson Kunz.
“It’s just a fun environment,” he said. “We would’ve had three or four tournaments in the last few months.”
The lack of in-person recruiting due to coronavirus has affected Canoyer’s and others recruitment. But he is remaining patient and is hoping to visit schools later this summer.
“Honestly I feel like I would’ve made a decision by now,” he said. “Time is the only thing that will tell in getting out there and deciding.”