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Wilsonville's Rodenbeck signs with Colorado School of Mines to compete on wrestling squad

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Perry Rodenbeck signed to compete on the Colorado School of Mines wrestling program. Rodenbeck will study engineering while a member of the Orediggers. Wilsonville—The Wildcat's top wrestler will continue his career post high school. Wilsonville senior Perry Rodenbeck signed a letter of intent on Friday, April 13 to compete for the Colorado School of Mines wrestling program.

"I really liked the school, and the wrestlers, and all the coaches," Rodenbeck said. "I think it's going to be a good fit."

Rodenbeck added, "I thought about it, and wrestling is important to me, but having a really good education is even more important to me. In terms of that, Colorado School of Mines was definitely the choice."

Rodenbeck made the OSAA state finals for wrestling two years in a row, and in the 2017-18 season led Wilsonville in its most successful wrestling season to date. The Wildcats finished second in the Northwest Oregon Conference regionals, 11th at state, and 19 district placers. Sophomore Isaac Quesada snagged third place in the 120 pound bracket at state, and freshman Tyson Resko was runner up in his weight class as well.

"Wilsonville is definitely on the upswing, and it's cool to be a part of a program that started from the ground and every year improved more and more," Rodenbeck said. "My senior year we almost won districts, we got 11th at state, all kinds of milestones.

At Colorado School of the Mines, Rodenbeck will join the Orediggers, a team with seven national champions in its history. Rodenbeck will be studying engineering while at the university. His parents, Gary and Emily, were beaming with pride.

"We're proud of him, he's a hard worker," Emily Rodenbeck said. "He's been working really hard for a long time, and we've expected this of him."

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