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Top 50 Countdown - #48-#47

By MI Grappler, 03/17/20, 1:15PM EDT


48. Freddie Rodriguez

Rodriguez took an unconventional path in his career but he won at every level along the way.  He won three state titles in high school, two for Holt and one for Grand Ledge, and did not compete his senior year.  

In 2009-2010, he had a banner year winning the Junior Triple Crown, Flonationals, was a Double FILA (UWW) Cadet Champ, and was runner-up at Super 32.  Prior to that season, Rodriguez had won a FILA Cadet freestyle title in '09 and was a double All-American the year before that.  One of the top lightweights in the nation, he was a 3rd Team Asics/Tiger All-American in 2011 after being named an Honorable Mention selection in 2010.

After a couple years off, Rodriguez would re-emerge at Iowa Lakes Community College.  There he won two NJCAA National titles at 125 lbs.  Then following a brief stint at Oklahoma, he found a home at SIU-Edwardsville.  He became a 2x NCAA Qualifier for the Cougars, ultimately coming up one match shy of reaching the podium in 2017.

Flowrestling Videos:
Rodriguez vs Nathan Tomasello  
2010 Flonationals Highlights  
Flonationals Scramble
Super 32 Final vs Anthony Ashnault

47. Pat Boyd

Boyd began his career at Lakeview HS, where he placed 3rd as a freshman.  The following year he won a state title for Grand Rapids West Catholic.  Then he sat out a year and returned to win two more titles for Mt. Pleasant.  In total his career record was 161-1, including 144 consecutive wins - a national record at the time.

His career would continue at Notre Dame, where he placed 5th at the 1989 NCAA Championships at 142 lbs.  Boyd also qualified in 1990, where he was the #3 seed in the tournament but did not place.  He racked up over 100 career wins for the Fighting Irish.

Boyd then returned to Mt. Pleasant following his collegiate career, where he was the head coach for the Oilers for 24 years before stepping down in 2015.