Through wrestling and jiu jitsu, JM’s Evangelene Chittanavong finds competitive edge, family pride

ROCHESTER — It’s easy to underestimate Evangelene Chittanavong, but not wise.

Wrestling at 106 pounds, and not the tallest by any stretch, it’s clear to understand why it happens to the John Marshall junior.

Yet, as most of her foes grow to learn, that’s a mistake. A big mistake.

Not only does Chittanavong pack a punch at 106 for the JM varsity wrestling squad, but she’s also one of the top female jiu-jitsu artists in the area. In fact, encouraged by her father, she walked into the JM wrestling room five years ago to better perfect her jiu-jitsu craft — one that first developed when she was just nine years old.

For someone who has always enjoyed getting her hands dirty, she was intrigued by the sport. Continue reading at →