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Hudson Rogers Makes Idaho Wrestling History

By Dusty Skidmore, 08/08/18, 12:15AM MDT

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On July 1st, 2018, Hudson Rogers won the freestyle national championship in Atlanta, GA.  This was only a day after he won the Greco-Roman national championship.  These two national championships came three months after winning the USA Wrestling folkstyle national championship.  Athletes who win national championships in all three wrestling styles are awarded with the USA Wrestling National Triple Crown award.  This is a very prestigious honor and only a few athletes are able to earn it each year.  Since the honor was created in 1997 to the end of 2018, only 193 wrestlers across the country have earned the triple crown.  In Idaho, Hudson joins Ridge Lovett (2010) and Sawyer Hobbs (2014) as the only triple crown winners in the state's history.  Hudson is further distinguished from these two because he is the only wrestler in Idaho history to win the triple crown twice.  He accomplished the feat in 2016 and again in 2018.  

When asked what this honor means to him, Hudson responded, "I feel honored to represent the state of Idaho and the town of Gooding.  It is an awesome achievement because there are a lot of great Idaho wrestlers I look up to that have been very successful.  I am blessed to be a  wrestler with an awesome support system of family, friends, and coaches.  I love wrestling and all that it has taught me and all the friendships I have because of it.  I have a lot to be thankful for."

He also was aware that winning the triple crown didn't come easy.  he recalled, "I almost didn't make this goal happen this year.  I was down 5-2 in my Greco semi-final with about 12 seconds left.   I had to dig deep and ended up putting him on his back and winning 6-5."  Rogers gives credit for much of his success to his support system.  In his words, "I am blessed with a great family that supports me, friends who have made it possible for me to travel many places, practice partners that push me, and the best coaches that believe in me and push me to reach my goals."  He continued, "I would like to thank all my family, training partners, friends, and coach Delchev, my Dad, Vince Martino, my uncles, Coach Bartlett, Coach Owens, and the Mauger's for providing a world-class training facility and coaches.

Though he has had a very successful start to his career, Hudson is determined that this is only the beginning of the goals he has set for himself.  Included in the list of goals he aims to achieve, Rogers wants to represent the United States on the Schoolboy Pan Am team, win a third national triple crown, be a four-time high school state champion, win the national championship at Fargo, make a cadet world team, and wrestle at a division I college.  Regarding the commitment required to achieve these goals, Hudson says, "I have plenty of hard work ahead of me.  I have watched many of my training partners and friends achieve some of these goals and that makes me want it even more.  I appreciate their example of hard work and dedication."