Step onto the mat with Newsday's high school writers as they cover Long Island wrestling.
The Island's Top-Five Wrestlers, No. 5: Jose Rodriguez
Today is the first part of a five-entry installment counting down Long Island's five best wrestlers, regardless of weight.
With the wealth of talented wrestlers spread throughout the Island, trimming the list to five was anything but a simple task.
Without further adieu...
No. 5: Jose Rodriguez
The youngest and lightest wrestler on the list, Rodriguez was the sparkplug behind the Warriors' Nassau Dual Meet championship run. He has 21 pins, and with a two-point win over Long Beach's Steven Sewkumar last month, has shown he can beat top-flight competition. As an eighth-grader last year, he finished fourth at the county championship. This year, the fabulous freshman is the favorite to win it all.