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    Evan Wick to Transfer to Cal Poly

    Evan Wick (Photo/Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Today, three-time NCAA All-American Evan Wick made his transfer destination public. Wick will be returning to his home state of California to compete for the Mustangs of Cal Poly. He, along with 2021 All-American Bernie Truax, will form an impressive 1-2 punch for Jon Sioredas' team at 165 and 174 lbs. This will mark the first time since the 2006-07 season that the Mustangs have a pair of returning All-Americans on the roster. Evan's younger brother, Luka, is set to enroll as a true freshman for Cal Poly in 2021-22, too.

    Competing for Wisconsin during his first three years of collegiate competition, Wick wrestled in the NCAA third place bout as a freshman and sophomore before being named an NWCA All-American during the 2020 campaign.

    In 2018-19, Wick amassed a 30-7 record and was seeded tenth at nationals after taking fourth in the Big Ten. After losing in the NCAA quarters, Wick concluded his tournament by majoring the top-seed, Alex Marinelli, and pinning fifth-seeded Chance Marsteller for third place. Wick and Marinelli have met five times throughout their collegiate careers and that was Wick's lone win.

    As a sophomore, Wick displayed more consistency throughout the regular season, but still was fourth at a loaded Big Ten weight class. That allowed for a fourth seed at the 2019 NCAA Championships. Wick advanced to the NCAA semis, but was upended by red-hot Mekhi Lewis, 5-2. He would drop to finish fourth, losing to Marsteller in the consolation finals. In the same tournament, Wick pinned Marsteller in the quarterfinals.

    During the 2019-20 season, Wick put together a 23-4 mark. One of those four losses was an injury default in the opening round at the Big Ten Championship. He did not compete for the remainder of the tournament and was given an eighth seed at nationals.

    In regular season action, Wick has placed top-four at the Midlands on three occasions. He was a finalist in 2018 and was third a year later. He was also fourth while competing unattached as a redshirting freshman in 2016. As a freshman, Evan made the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational finals, as well.

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