The accolades and honors just keep on coming for former Neosho High standout and former Maryville University standout Nate Rodriguez.

The accolades and honors just keep on coming for former Neosho High standout and former Maryville University standout Nate Rodriguez.
Recently, he was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, one of 13 GLVC student-athletes honored for their respective sports.
Maryville Athletics made a list on their press release that started with the CoSIDA At-Large Team Academic All-American of the Year (first Maryville athlete to earn that honor) and included Rodriguez winning a NCAA Division II national championship at 141 pounds during his senior year.
The rest of the list included the Super Region 3 Wrestler of the Year, being a three-time All-American and a four-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American, the Maryville male student athlete of the year, the GLVC sportsmanship award, and the GLVC’s Richard J. Scharf Paragon Award for being the top male student-athlete in the conference.
Rodriguez graduated in May with a salty 3.93 cumulative GPA in biochemistry and he will attend the Kansas City University School of Medicine and Biosciences in the fall.
Rodriguez is slated to be one of the featured clinicians for the 16th annual Coach Phillips’ Technique and Drill Camp that starts on Monday and runs through Thursday at the Neosho Wrestling Complex.
“To me, it’s just about giving back to what I was given,” Rodriguez said in a feature before his senior season at Maryville. “There would be a bunch of wrestlers that went off to college and when they came back for Thanksgiving or Christmas or what not, they were in the room helping us out. Even when they were done with their career, like Dane Espinoza and Trey Jackson, they helped out and put in a lot of effort to make us good.
“For me, when I compete in this sport, it’s how much can I learn and how much can I develop, so that way I can always give back to Neosho. If people keep having that mentality, then it’s a neverending cycle. What I can give back, then those people can go off to college and they can give back. I just want to continue that process.”