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Lancaster High senior wrestler Quinshun “Bubba” Evans captured the school’s first Region III-AAAA wrestling championship in over 10 years Feb. 1 at Fort Mill High.
The 182-pounder defeated Rock Hill High’s Stephen Chesney and advanced to the Class AAAA Upper State championship Saturday, Feb. 22 at Laurens High School.
Lancaster High first-year wrestling coach Chas McLaughlin said he’s worked hard to continue Evans’ development.
“Bubba is the most athletic wrestler I’ve had the chance to coach,” McLaughlin said. “He’s been a staple of consistency this season.”
McLaughlin knows he has a state contender in Evans.
Evans sports a 40-0 mat mark this season and notched his 99th career win with the region championship victory.
Evans, a three-sport star, earned all-region honors as a junior in football and will receive his fourth letter this season as a member of the LHS track team.
Evans lost in the region finals last season and has been working towards this moment since last season.
“Winning this championship was a great accomplishment for me, but my ultimate goal is to win the state title,” Evans said.
He will face some of the top wrestlers in this weekend’s tournament for the Class AAAA Upper State championship. Laurens High’s Ryan Hughes, ranked second in the state, will be Evans’ toughest opponent.
“No one works harder than me, and no one wants it more than me,” Evans said, referring to his upcoming competition. “They are not ready.”
Also headed to the wrestling individual Upstate championship match are Lancaster High wrestlers Matthew Brazzell (120 pounds), Scottie Walker (126 pounds) and Brandon Mosier (152 pounds).
All of these wrestlers qualified in the top five at the Region III-AAAA tournament.
Lancaster High School lost seven starters from last season’s team, and McLaughlin has had to push the returners to get them back to the level of consistency the team had a season ago.
“We had great effort at the region tournament,” McLaughlin said. “I’m extremely excited about all of our guys headed to the tournament this weekend.”
The Bruin wrestlers went 8-12 under McLaughlin this season.