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Iowa Lakes grad aims at master’s degree, world-level wrestling

January 26, 2017

Though two-time NJCAA National Champion Alfredo “Freddie” Rodriguez has graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College, he still has some goals he’d like to pin down. 

After Iowa Lakes, Rodriguez transferred to Oklahoma, then pursued his wrestling career at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, competing in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships at Madison Square Garden early last year. 

At times during his life, things didn’t look very bright for Rodriguez, but he made his way to Iowa Lakes and the culture – and his coach – helped make him a better man.

“Coach Alesch was a caring person who wanted to see me succeed,” Rodriguez said. “It was an easy decision to come to Iowa Lakes because of him.”

And the college helped as well.

“Not only did (Iowa Lakes) build me back, but they made me a better person than I was before,” Rodriguez said. 

As he wraps up his last year as a Cougar, he still has goals for this season – and the future.  

First, he wants to be the best teammate he can be to his fellow wrestlers, and he wants his team at Southern Illinois to win a Southern Conference title.

Second, he wants to “wrestle through every position every second I am on the mat,” because using a varied approach keeps opponents guessing.

Upon graduation, there are still more lofty goals to accomplish. 

“I am looking to pursue a master’s degree in social work and be a graduate assistant coach while still competing trying to make world teams at the senior level,” Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez with Outstanding National Champion Trophy
Rodriguez at the NJCAA National Wrestling Championship 
 
Rodriguez at the NJCAA National Wrestling Championship
Rodriguez with Outstanding National Champion Trophy

For More Information:

Cody Alesch, Head Wrestling Coach, at 712-362-7930

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