The course of Fox Lane grad Steven Rodrigues has not exactly gone according to plan since he capped his stellar high school career with a New York state title last year. The 2011 Journal News Westchester/Putnam co-wrestler of the year was originally supposed to wrestle for Rutgers, but an unexpected turn of events landed him on the campus of the University of Illinois. Due to the transfer process, S-Rod was forced to go months without competing, which put him at a disadvantage when he finally began to start practicing with the Fighting Illini. Knowing how much he loves this sport, it was clear that this was a very difficult time for Rodrigues.
But on April 14, he finally had his hard work validated. With his title at the FILA Junior National Freestyle Championships in Madison, Wis., S-Rod put his name back on the national map. Along with Somers senior Brian Realbuto, Rodrigues will now be competing tomorrow in FILA World Team Trials in Colorado Springs for the chance to represent the U.S. For the full story, here is the link.
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