Evan Henderson (No. 5 @ 140) loves to think of himself as the underdog. He might not have been in that role on Sunday night at the 37th annual Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Fieldhouse, but his team certainly was.
It worked out well for the high school senior from New Florence and the Pennsylvania team, as the team of all-stars from the Keystone State beat the best seniors from the rest of the United States 27-18.
In a night filled with upsets, Henderson managed to beat Monroeville, Ohio’s Cam Tessari (No. 1 @ 140) for the second time this season. Tessari, who won four state titles and went 189-3 in high school, scored the opening takedown 23 seconds into their 140-pound match.
“I wasn’t expecting him to shoot there,” said Henderson, who wrestled at United High School before transferring to The Kiski School, where he won two prep national titles. “I wrestled him once already and he wasn’t a shooting guy; he was an underhook guy. Then he comes out there and (ankle) picks me. Picks me a couple times, actually.” Henderson escaped to cut the lead in half, then countered another Tessari shot with a defensive takedown for a 3-2 lead.