Westmoore's Cooper Evans – Character Counts Presented by Oklahoma Educators Credit Union

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By John Tranchina

Cooper Evans has been wrestling since he was six years old and the sport has helped create a long-lasting family bond with his father Will, who also happens to be his coach at Westmoore High School.

Cooper, a sophomore, recognizes that displaying good character is one of the keys to winning in wrestling.

“You need discipline, good grades,” he said.

And while he acknowledged that his dad is sometimes harder on him than the other wrestlers on the team, the two have a strong relationship and typically don’t bring the sport home from school.

“It’s pretty good, we’re getting along,” Cooper said. “It’s usually just at the wrestling room, we don’t usually talk about wrestling at home.”


On the mat, Evans enjoyed impressive success last season as a freshman, going 22-12 and placing second at the Class 6A West Regional before losing both of his matches at the state tournament, at 106 pounds. He confirmed that the disappointing experience at state has fueled his motivation for this season.

“Just train a lot harder in the off-season to get better,” Evans said. “More practices throughout the day.”

So far that extra determination is paying off as Evans is 23-0, pursuing his goal to win state this time around.

Coach Will Evans is pleased with what he has seen, both on and off the mat, from his son this year.

“Cooper is a hard worker, he never misses practices,” Will said. “He is a leader in the room, but not so much vocally but other athletes notice and appreciate his hard work. Cooper has a 3.56 GPA.”



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