Rodriguez, an electrician apprentice from Virginia Beach, VA, won the 197-pound bracket and was named the Outstanding Wrestler on Saturday at the Builder Invitational going 3-0 with two wins by decision and one by fall. On the year, Rodriguez is 14-8 with five wins by fall.
He opened the tournament with a 4-3 decision over Greg Humphrey of East Carolina in the quarterfinals. In his next match he avenged a loss the previous week in the Virginia Duals by winning over top-seeded Darreus McCrea of Ferrum by fall with one second left in the seven-minute match. To win the event he defeated third-seeded Chris Silakoski of Scranton by a 10-5 decision.
The Builders are next in action on Friday in Dalton, Georgia as they compete in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Collegiate Cup Dual Championships. Apprentice School enters as the third-seed in the 26-team event and will face Tennessee Temple and Stony Brook (NY) on Friday in pool play.