Dedication Pays Off for Brodie Stevens, Signs with Ohio Northern
Not many of us can say we found our passion at the young age of five years old. However, Swanton senior Brodie Stevens is convinced it happened to him when he first stepped onto a wrestling mat and began a journey that has taken him to mats all over the country and now, to college, at Ohio Northern University (ONU) in Ada to fuel his passion at the next level.
“Wrestling is the only sport I’ve done since about five. The past fourteen years, actually, I’ve been wrestling,” said Brodie on the day he signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his education and his wrestling career at ONU. It is that kind of devotion and focus to the sport that has paid and continues to pay dividends. “He’s dedicated,” said his father, Wes. “When other kids are still in bed at 6:00 in the morning, he’s in the garage lifting weights, four or five days a week during the season.”
Mr. Stevens also credited several coaches in the area for Brodies quick maturation and early successes, including Swanton Assistant Coach, Xavier Taylor. “Wrestling is his life. He does it year-round,” said Coach Taylor. “He doesn’t take a whole lot of time off. It’s his only sport.”
Brodie has benefited by wrestling for a Bulldog program that has had a long history of turning out champions at the top weight class and sending some of them to wrestle in college, including Coach Taylor. “Wrestling in college is never an easy thing. I did it and I found out It’s a full-time job,” explained the coach. “You have to be committed.”
Brodie’s success has come in the 285-pound weight class where he qualified for the State Tournament the past two seasons. Last year his lost his opportunity to compete at State when the complete shutdown of all Ohio high school sports due to COVID-19 concerns was ordered by Governor Mike DeWine just two hours before he was to leave for Columbus.
This year, fortunately, Brodie was able to compete the entire season and went on to win championships at the NWOAL Tournament, Sectional and District Tournaments and carried a 28-2 record into the State Tournament. He won his first two matches and finished with a 4-1 record for third place.
Brodie was also able to capture his 100th career win this season, a challenging milestone to reach and a testament to his dedication, hard work and commitment, assets he will be bringing to the ONU Polar Bear program.
Pictured: Brodie Stevens signs with ONU alongside his family.