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Former Coyote heading to Iowa

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Roswell High graduate Eddie Macias is joined recently by his family, friends and head wrestling coach Jesse Boggs while signing a letter of intent to attend Iowa Western Community College. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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Eddie Macias’ wrestling career will continue at Iowa Western Community College.

The recent Roswell High School graduate has signed a national letter of intent to hit the mat for the Council Bluffs, Iowa school later this year.

“I started wrestling my sophomore year and immediately fell in love with the sport,” Macias said. “I was thinking of continuing a football career in college until the coach from Iowa (Western) did call me and we set up a meeting and an interview, and then I decided I would further my wrestling career instead of football.”

RHS wrestling coach Jesse Boggs is excited for Macias and his impending move to the Hawkeye State.

“One of the challenges of taking on this program was I wasn’t able to necessarily have the hands-on with my heavyweights,” said Boggs, who just completed his second season as the head coach. “I was a heavyweight in high school and college. I feel I can teach the heavyweights a lot. I was limited with being the head coach, and getting Eddie as much as I could with training and so forth.

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“I’m so excited for him to go on and there’s so much potential there, that they’re just gonna keep shaping and sculpting and he’s really going to be happy with his choice.”

Boggs added he had been in contact with an Iowa Western coach as well.

“We had spoken specifically about Eddie and they asked about him,” Boggs said. “They watched him wrestle and so that’s the beauty of wrestling. Eddie wasn’t a state champion, but they saw the potential was there. So I’m super excited they see potential that I’ve known has been there and that’s the best part about him going there.”

While some high school student-athletes see their athletic careers end after high school, Macias is happy that his will continue for a while and he sees it helping him once he graduates and gets into a career field.

The midwest is also considered a hotbed of amateur wrestling and Macias admits he could stay in Iowa once he attains an associate’s degree.

“After finishing there I may look at transferring to a bigger school and continuing wrestling,” Macias said.

Macias feels his wrestling career at RHS started slow, even though he qualified for state as a sophomore.

“Then my junior year, I qualified for state as well. I did not place. My senior year I took second in district and then went on to state and took fifth,” Macias said.

The distance from Roswell to Council Bluffs is 855 miles. Macias won’t be going alone as fellow Coyote Gabriel Najar signed a letter of intent to attend the same junior college.

“It’s definitely going to be a benefit having someone there that I know and someone that has been a workout partner in the years of high school, and someone who knows how you are and knows your strengths and weaknesses,” Macias said. “It will be a benefit having him on the team as well.”