ST. LOUIS — Former Neosho High standout and Maryville senior Nate Rodriguez definitely had a month of May and a senior year overall to remember.

ST. LOUIS — Former Neosho High standout and Maryville senior Nate Rodriguez definitely had a month of May and a senior year overall to remember.
On Tuesday, Rodriguez accepted the Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award as the Great Lakes Valley Conference male athlete of the year, an award given each year to one male and one female student-athlete for their academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, and character and leadership.
Rodriguez became Maryville's first honoree for an award that started nearly 30 years ago.
Rodriguez accepted his award at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car GLVC Awards Banquet at the Drury Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Maryville, a NCAA Division II school, is based in St. Louis.
Earlier this month, Rodriguez, who generated a 3.97 cumulative GPA majoring in biochemistry over his academic career at Maryville and Ouachita Baptist, earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large team.
That means Rodriguez will be eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced June 7.
Rodriguez started the month by winning the Super Region Three wrestler of the year award, just one of four recipients in NCAA-II alongside Notre Dame's Isaiah White (Region One), Wisconsin-Parkside's Nick Becker (Region Two), and California Baptist's Jacob Waste (Region Four).
Becker earned NCAA-II wrestler of the year.
Rodriguez culminated his outstanding collegiate career by winning a NCAA-II national title at 141 pounds.
Coming back strong from an injury that curtailed his junior season, Rodriguez finished with a 32-2 record his senior year and 108-16 over his career split between two seasons at Maryville and two seasons at Ouachita Baptist as a freshman and a sophomore.
Rodriguez earned three All-America honors on the mat, finishing first as a senior, third as a sophomore and seventh as a freshman.