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Elliott Rodgers CATHEDRAL

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Since most of us have a snow day today, let’s talk about an inspirational story from an outside perspective. 

Elliott Rodgers of Cathedral and his rise to the top. Again, I don’t know the kid but have been following since his remarkable freshman season.

Elliott was a freshman wrestling 145 for the always tough, Cathedral team. Elliott’s record was 20-11 going into regionals, after he had just won a weak sectional. He won his first round match 7-5. Win by pin in his second match and lost in the finals 3-6. 

Elliott was NOT on anyone’s radar to punch his ticket to state. His ticket round match was Antwaun Graves of Warren Central who was 35-2 at the time and ranked high in state. Elliott drew a 17-15 kid from Carmel first round… in which he won 1-0 in a close match. Elliott then upset Graves in a 8-6 match that sent him to the state finals. But he wasn’t done yet, as he beat a North Central kid who was 33-12 at the time in the semifinals to send him to the Semi-State Championship match with a record of 25-13. Elliott was pinned by undefeated Boone Welliever in one minute. Great story right? Kid has a killer day and performs well…really well. But, is it really a Cinderella story if it happens again?

Elliott drew Corban Pollitt of Col. East first round at state. Corban was 34-12 but was part of the elite CE wrestling team. Elliott pulls out the win 5-3 and advances to the second state. Elliott then beats Mason Winner (38-4) 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals. Elliott then lost 1-4 to Jason Crary of Munster and lost by pin to Welliever for 3rdand 4th. Elliott finished his freshman season 27 wins and 15 losses and a 4thplace finish on the podium. 

No imposter syndrome for Elliott… a kid who out performed his skill level? A kid who never placed in middle school state (according to track). 

Elliott comes back for his sophomore season and wins Semi-State with a record of 35 wins and 5 losses. He took 5that the Al Smith and DNP at the IHPO.

Eliott went on to finish 2ndwith 2-1, 3-2, and 8-4 wins to eventually lose by TF to Brayton Lee in the finals. Elliott finished with 38 wins and 6 losses his sophomore year and a second place finish on the podium.

As a junior, Elliott has wins over ultra-tough wrestlers Brock Ellis and Jake Schoenegge already.. but has a loss to Eli dickens and we also seen Elliott lose his #1 ranking, sliding him to #2. 

You may never find a wrestler who has so many losses after two years who has placed 4thand 2nd. 

 

Here is a kid who can teach us adults a life lesson.. 

 

You WILL fail in life, you may fail a lot, but as long as you don’t quit and keep getting better, you will be successful. 

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Great read Navy 80.  Mr. Rodgers must of read and taking Coach Sanderson quote to another level in those matches . The kid done all of this through out the 3 years we been watching . Great Job Elliott !

“Unless you continually work, evolve, and innovate, you'll learn a quick and painful lesson from someone who has” 

 

The Notorious 

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I was there at NC ss his freshman year.. he put on a show and never let his losses before affect him... This is a story that future athletes to come should All look into.. it also goes for kids that are undefeated going into tourney time to never overlook a guy based on his record or you'll end up looking at the lights if you aren't careful. 

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On 1/12/2019 at 9:54 AM, navy80 said:

 

Since most of us have a snow day today, let’s talk about an inspirational story from an outside perspective. 

Elliott Rodgers of Cathedral and his rise to the top. Again, I don’t know the kid but have been following since his remarkable freshman season.

Elliott was a freshman wrestling 145 for the always tough, Cathedral team. Elliott’s record was 20-11 going into regionals, after he had just won a weak sectional. He won his first round match 7-5. Win by pin in his second match and lost in the finals 3-6. 

Elliott was NOT on anyone’s radar to punch his ticket to state. His ticket round match was Antwaun Graves of Warren Central who was 35-2 at the time and ranked high in state. Elliott drew a 17-15 kid from Carmel first round… in which he won 1-0 in a close match. Elliott then upset Graves in a 8-6 match that sent him to the state finals. But he wasn’t done yet, as he beat a North Central kid who was 33-12 at the time in the semifinals to send him to the Semi-State Championship match with a record of 25-13. Elliott was pinned by undefeated Boone Welliever in one minute. Great story right? Kid has a killer day and performs well…really well. But, is it really a Cinderella story if it happens again?

Elliott drew Corban Pollitt of Col. East first round at state. Corban was 34-12 but was part of the elite CE wrestling team. Elliott pulls out the win 5-3 and advances to the second state. Elliott then beats Mason Winner (38-4) 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals. Elliott then lost 1-4 to Jason Crary of Munster and lost by pin to Welliever for 3rdand 4th. Elliott finished his freshman season 27 wins and 15 losses and a 4thplace finish on the podium. 

No imposter syndrome for Elliott… a kid who out performed his skill level? A kid who never placed in middle school state (according to track). 

Elliott comes back for his sophomore season and wins Semi-State with a record of 35 wins and 5 losses. He took 5that the Al Smith and DNP at the IHPO.

Eliott went on to finish 2ndwith 2-1, 3-2, and 8-4 wins to eventually lose by TF to Brayton Lee in the finals. Elliott finished with 38 wins and 6 losses his sophomore year and a second place finish on the podium.

As a junior, Elliott has wins over ultra-tough wrestlers Brock Ellis and Jake Schoenegge already.. but has a loss to Eli dickens and we also seen Elliott lose his #1 ranking, sliding him to #2. 

You may never find a wrestler who has so many losses after two years who has placed 4thand 2nd. 

 

Here is a kid who can teach us adults a life lesson.. 

 

You WILL fail in life, you may fail a lot, but as long as you don’t quit and keep getting better, you will be successful. 

Thank you navy80 for the write up and kind words about Elliott. I know he has enjoyed the challenge along the way, and is still humbly working to be the best. We've enjoyed watching him and can't wait for his next run at the title!!

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