All high school athletes strive for perfection, but few get as close to it as Model High wrestler Dustin Rogers.
Rogers, a senior at Model, is having a more than impressive final season with the Devils.
He has won every tournament that Model has entered this year: the Mt. Zion Invitational, the Pepperell Invitational, the Rockmart Invitational and the Bowden Invitational.
His win-heavy record includes 39 victories and only four losses, only one of which was in Class AA.
“In the past decade that I have been here at Model we have had some very skilled and accomplished wrestlers,” said Model wrestling coach Gary Johnson.
“I think overall Dustin has been the most consistent. He’s a very elite competitor.”
Rogers’ success has been building ever since his freshman year with the Blue Devils.
Since his high school wrestling career started, he has racked up over 150 wins and has started all four years.
“It’s just awesome to see how all of the time that I have put into sports is translating into results,” said Rogers.
For his senior year Rogers’ goal is to make it count.
“Since it’s my last go-around, I made it an emphasis to push myself to and through my previous limits,” he said, “and I am glad I had the help to make the push from my coaches, friends and family.”
Even as an underclassman, Rogers excelled in wrestling, as he was the area-state alternate both his freshman and sophomore years.
In his junior year he was area runner up and a state qualifier.
And when it comes to wrestling, Rogers rarely takes a break.
Just this past summer, while most athletes were resting up for the upcoming seasons, Rogers wrestled in the Super 32 National Tournament and had two wins.
Rogers excels in other areas off the mat as well, as he is an honors student at Model.