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Local wrestler earns trip to Michigan

With a grade-point average of 3.96, CCHS junior Evan Hendrix earns a spot on the Oregon Schlastic National Dual Team
For Crook County High School junior Evan Hendrix, the concept of having free time almost doesn't exist.
   A varsity letterman in football, wrestling and tennis, Hendrix juggles his time between practices, bus trips and maintaining his 3.96 grade-point average, a mark that may land him on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when he begins college a little more than a year from now.
   During wrestling season, Hendrix remembers having just two weekends off the entire time. And for spring break which begins Monday, don't expect him to be holding a bottle of suntan lotion in Cancun; he'll be busy.
   Hendrix has been selected as part of the Oregon High School Scholastic National Dual Team, a wrestling team which will travel to Battle Creek, Michigan in early April to compete against roughly 16 other state teams from around the country. On Monday, practice begins for Hendrix at Canby High School, where members of the team will train everyday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday.
   Hendrix was first notified about making the team shortly after his sixth place finish at the state tournament in February.
   "My dad called me up in the middle of class and told me about it," Hendrix recalls. "At first, I was kind of surprised and thought he was joking, but when he knew all of the facts, man I was excited about it."
   Hendrix will represent the Intermountain Conference on the team, but he won't be the only one. Four other IMC wrestlers have also been chosen. Cyle Hartzell of Redmond and three wrestlers from Hermiston will go from being rivals of Hendrix' to being his teammates.
   "I'm kind of excited because I've grown up with those guys wrestling freestyle," Hendrix said. "I wasn't expecting it, let's put it that way. "I think it will be fun, but it's kind of frustrating too."
   Hendrix is set to weigh-in for the tournament Thursday, April 5, with dual action taking place Friday and Saturday. Each state team is guaranteed to wrestle five duals, with the teams that continue to win moving on.
   "I hope to go 5-0, undefeated," said Hendrix, this year's IMC district champion in the 160-pound bracket. "That's my top priority and second, to get along with the guys and to come back with a lot of good memories. It's too important to let it go to waste."
   In a short period of time, Hendrix hopes to raise enough money to cover expenses for the trip, a $600 cost which includes air fare, hotel and just about everything else except for meals.
   As a kid, Hendrix remembers watching Crook County wrestling.
   "I always remember envying them and wishing I could have been them," he said.
   His wish has come true.
   For more information about the tournament, or to donate funds, contact Evan Hendrix at 447-1479.