There were many stars on Saturday.
But none shone as bright as David Evans.
At the first All St. Louis Suburban Wrestling Championships held at Hazelwood Central, Evans, a Parkway North junior, earned the Outstanding Wrestler Award for his efforts in the 135-pound division.
Evans defeated Lafayette's Nick Olejnick 8-5 in the finals at 135 pounds to run his record to 21-0.
"I'm content with the win," Evans said. "There is still a lot to work on."
In Olejnick, Evans had a tough and unorthodox opponent who had racked up 22 wins already this season.
"Nick is real talented and real hard to wrestle," Parkway North coach Dan Lovelace said. "He's beaten a lot of good people. He's very, very tough and very dangerous."
Olejnick is rangy and long-limbed and stands over six-feet tall.
"Everytime I got in deep with him it was like, arms wrapped around me everywhere," Evans said. "We wrestled together all through little league. I knew what was coming and I just weathered the storm and got through it."
The ultra-quick Evans was able to get to Olejnick early on, getting a nice takedown on an ankle pick.
"I noticed his rhythm on his feet and so I threw him off a little bit and got him heavy on that front foot," Evans said.
Olejnick, a sophomore, scrapped back into the match and tied it at 4-4. But a late takedown by Evans in the third period and another two points put things out of reach.
"It was all about being physical with him and being smooth," Evans said. "Once I got my flow going, I felt really good."
Olejnick left the circle thinking about missed opportunities. He was also respectful of Evans' ability.
"He's definitely a quality wrestler," Evans said. "He's fast, he's strong, but there are a lot of kids out there with those qualities and he's just learned how to use them."
Even though he improved to 21-0, Evans does his best not to get caught up in records or early tournaments victories. He finished third in the state last season and is hoping to climb the podium next month.
"All of this is just practice right now. None of this matters," he said. "Districts and state, that's all that matters."
A student of the sport, he is always looking for ways to improve, to look for that edge.
"You learn something new every day," he said. "Whether you're wrestling someone who just started or somebody who has been at it for 13 years, you learn something every day."