For the past two seasons, Zach Rodgers anchored the 160- and 171-pound weight classes for the Payson Longhorns.
He is a consistent performer who has progressively improved his wrestling skills and currently sports a 24-win and 6-loss record.
In the 3A East, he will be considered one of the favorites for the conference title as well as state championship possibilities.
This is his fifth year of wrestling and, as a senior, Rodgers is one of the team leaders for coach Dave LaMotte.
Rodgers really stepped up at the end of last season when he finished third in the conference and earned a state medal. His successes on the mat this year are a result of hard work and improving his mat wrestling.
On the mat he uses his legs effectively to turn opponents and score valuable near-falls and pins. Once Rodgers gets a wrestler on the mat, he is comfortable using a crossbody or high thigh to score points.
These maneuvers take a lot of practice in the wrestling room in trial and error situations.
During the fall, Rodgers was an All-Conference performer at the defensive end of the Longhorn football team.
When not training for football and wrestling, he enjoys hunting and fishing the Rim Country with his family and friends.
Rodgers' future goals are college or trade school after graduation.
As a student-athlete with a 3.7 grade point average, he has many opportunities, which may include collegiate wrestling.
Zach Rodgers is another fine example of a Payson Longhorn who has a strong work ethic and definite goals for his future.
Good luck following your dreams.