50-year-old record broken; Colville tribal member Rodger Cate of Lake Roosevelt makes history by winning the WIAA 1B/2B state title his freshman year

TACOMA, Wash. – For wrestlers in the state of Washington, ending their season at the Tacoma Dome means they’ve earned a spot at the WIAA State wrestling tournament.

Just getting to the Dome is an accomplishment in itself let alone making it onto the podium, but how about winning the state title?

Ok so how about winning the state title but doing so in your freshman year?

With a partially swollen right eye, Colville tribal member Rodger Cate of Lake Roosevelt High School became the first freshman ever in the school’s history to win a state title in their freshman year.

Cate would go on to pin Preston Neufeld of Reardan in the third round at this year’s Mat Classic XXXIII in front of a packed house at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday (Feb. 19) evening.

“I don’t even know what to say, that was just awesome,” said Cate. “It’s been my dream to win state and I just did that as a freshman.”

Billy Monroe, head coach for the Lake Roosevelt High School wrestling program expressed how difficult and challenging it is what Cate accomplished.

“Lake Roosevelt’s first-ever freshman state champion,” said Monroe. “Took 50 years but we got one.”

Cate was in control of the match from the get-go and in the third round got into a position where he was able to end the match with a pin.

“I’m freaking tired,” said Cate. “I was struggling to keep on his back he just kept moving and moving but I got him, I stuck him.”

Cate finished the season with a 27-4 overall record, earning 24.0 team points for the Raiders, and placed first at this year’s Mat Classic XXXIII in the 1B/2B (106-lbs) bracket. His results from this year’s state tournament are listed below:

  • Quarterfinal - Won by fall over Michael Gonzalez of Warden (Fall 0:30).
  • Semifinal - Won by fall over Noel Guillen of Granger (Fall 3:40).
  • 1st Place Match - Won by fall over Preston Neufeld of Reardan (Fall 4:44).

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