UCO’s Evans elected to D-II Wrestling Hall of Fame

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UCO Sports
Mike Kirk, Assist for Sports Media Relations

EDMOND – Former Central Oklahoma great Kyle Evans has been selected for induction into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday.

Evans was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion who finished his career with the Bronchos in 2008 as one of the most decorated individuals in the school’s illustrious wrestling history.

He will become the 14th UCO member in the NCAA Division Wrestling Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony that will be held Thursday, March 8 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on the eve of the 2018 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships.

A state champion as a senior in 2003 at Edmond North High School, Evans redshirted his first year at Central before starting at 141 pounds the next four seasons.

Evans captured the Midwest Regional title and finished sixth nationally in 2004-05 in compiling a 24-13 record, then repeated as regional champion and was national runner-up the following season in finishing 30-5.

He became the first individual in UCO’s rich history to complete a full season undefeated as a junior in 2006-07, putting together a perfect 39-0 campaign in winning the national title and leading the Bronchos to their 15th team championship.  Evans capped his career with another sensational season as a senior, going 32-2 with a  school-record 11 technical falls in winning a fourth straight Midwest Regional crown and repeating as national champion.

He ended with a phenomenal 125-20 career record that included 53 bonus-point wins and put together a 43-match winning streak spanning his final two seasons.  Evans is UCO’s all-time leader in technical falls with 25 and also holds records for single-season (51) and career near-falls (134) while ranking fourth in career winning percentage (.862).