Saturday night in the Big House in Oklahoma City, Malcolm Rodriguez of Wagoner became a two-time state champion Class 4A wrestler. But what’s more impressive, is that Rodriguez did it in two different weight classes!
Last year, he defeated Fort Gibson’s Justin Cates to win the title in the 182-pound division and finish 30-3. This year, he went up a weight class to 195 pounds and went to the state tournament with a perfect 27-0 record and topped it off by pinning the top-seed in the 4A west region Tanner Hawkins of Weatherford at the 5:04 mark of the match to win the championship.
Rodriguez finishes 30-0, a perfect season in wrestling to match the perfect season he had playing quarterback and safety for the Wagoner Bulldogs this past fall.
The Oklahoma State football signee, the number one seed in the 4A east region, started the tournament off on Friday with a fall over the #4-seed in the 4A west region Chris Borjas of Clinton at the 2:10 mark of the match. He proceeded to defeat the #2-seed in the 4A west region, Cascia Hall’s Daniel Anthamatten, in the semi-finals with a 10-4 decision.
Rodriguez is far from done with his high school career as he will play shortstop for Wagoner this spring on the diamond and is one of the top baseball prospects in the state. He also told us that he has been asked to help out some with the track team as well. Many observers feel is one of the best overall athletes in high school in the state of Oklahoma.
He gained Oklahoma State's attention with his play overall. As a senior he was a unanimous 1st-Team All-State player from The Oklahoma, The Tulsa World, and Oklahoma Coaches Association. He threw for 1,976-yards and 22 touchdowns on 115-of-172 passing with just seven interceptions in 14 games. He also rushed for 1,691-yards and 22 touchdowns on 162 carries. On defense he made 79 tackles and had two interceptions and two fumbles recovered.
He will enroll at Oklahoma State for the summer and begin working out with the football program.