Wrestling at a high level

Lo­cal champ Boblits won a na­tional ti­tle this year

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twitter: tblack­somds1

Vir­tu­ally since the time that he could walk, Hugh­esville res­i­dent Evan Boblits has wanted to fol­low in the foot­steps of his older brother, An­thony Cable, a 2015 La Plata High School grad­u­ate and ris­ing sopho­more at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Boblits, a ris­ing fifth-grader at T.C. Martin El­e­men­tary School in Bryan­town, has al­ready earned a stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion on the wrestling mats at the ripe age of 10. He cap­tured the Ohio Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons, a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling As­so­ci­a­tion and the Capi­tol Area Wrest­ing League ti­tle at 65 pounds.

“My brother, An­thony, is the best at ev­ery­thing he does,” Boblits said, “and I want to be just like him.”

Boblits has com­piled a life­time record of 116-15 in his young ca­reer, which in­clude back-to-back Mary­land State Wrestling As­so­ci­a­tion ti­tles. His record is per­haps even more im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing that oc­ca­sion­ally he is of­ten asked to face older ri­vals in his weight class.

“Any­time he’s in against kids his age and his weight, he’s vir­tu­ally un­beat­able,” said Ram­page Wrestling Club coach Ja­son Kiessling, also the head wrestling coach at St. Charles High School. “He’s so fast and so strong for his age. Any­time he gets in with other kids his age, he’s go­ing to win that tour­na­ment. He’s even ca­pa­ble of hold­ing his own against kids one or two years older than he is.”

Boblits, who also plays base­ball, gym­nas­tics and foot­ball, com­petes in mixed mar­tial arts and also per­forms in pi­ano recitals. In ad­di­tion to his busy sched­ule on the mats, Boblits has gotten straight A’s through­out his ed­u­ca­tion. His older brother Cable, grad­u­ated from La Plata with a 4.75 GPA.

“Be­lieve me, Evan is very com­pet­i­tive and he adores his older brother,” said their mother, Christina Boblits. “Now he wants to do bet­ter than An­thony in ev­ery­thing, from school to wrestling. An­thony won the state wrestling ti­tle at 170 pounds as a se­nior, but Evan wants to win a state ti­tle ev­ery year.”

Cur­rently, the Boblits live in the zone des­ig­nated for St. Charles, which is po­ten­tial good news for Kiessling, al­though not on the high pri­or­ity list for Evan. Hav­ing watched his older brother wres­tle and grad­u­ate from La Plata, Boblits lit­er­ally wants to fol­low in his foot­steps through­out his high school ca­reer.

“Right now, we’re in the St. Charles bound­ary,” his mother said, “but Evan is bound and de­ter­mined to go to La Plata and break all of An­thony’s records there and win four state ti­tles. We’ll have to see about that. That’s some­thing that’s still a few years away.”

Kiessling had ex­cep­tional praise for Boblits, who has been part of his Ram­page squad for the past three years. Kiessling is well aware that the young Boblits would pre­fer to at­tend La Plata rather than ven­ture to nearby St. Charles, but he un­der­stands the de­ter­mi­na­tion and mo­ti­va­tion of his youth­ful wrestling pro­tege.

“He’s an ex­cep­tional kid,” Kiessling said. “I know how much he wants to fol­low in his brother’s foot­steps and go to La Plata, but right now I’m en­joy­ing hav­ing him part of our team. He’s got great sup­port from his fam­ily and he does a lot of things and he does them all well. He’s an ex­cel­lent wrestler and a straight-A stu­dent.”

Boblits will spend much of the re­main­ing part of the sum­mer par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous wrestling camps, most of which span five-six days per week.

“Evan has tremen­dous skills and he’s al­ways look­ing to im­prove,” Kiessling said. “When he’s not com­pet­ing in a tour­na­ment, he’s at a camp work­ing on his tech­nique and his agility. He’s a lot more of­fen­sive-minded now than he was when he first started com­ing to me. He knows how to get the lead early in his matches and he looks to keep adding on.”

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Evan Boblits, a Hugh­esville res­i­dent and ris­ing fifth-grader at T.C. Martin El­e­men­tary School in Bryan­town, has al­ready earned a stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion on the wrestling mats at the ripe age of 10. He cap­tured the Ohio Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons, a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling As­so­ci­a­tion and the Capi­tol Area Wrest­ing League ti­tle at 65 pounds.

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