Prep Signing: West wrestler Eggers going to Wheeling Jesuit
By Ronnie Gallagher
MOUNT ULLA — When did West Rowan’s Cody Eggers realize he wanted to wrestle in college?
How about the fourth grade?
Eggers started his career for RoCo Wrestling in the third grade and like all little tykes learning something, it took a while — all of one year.
“In the fourth grade, it clicked,” Eggers said. “I thought, ‘I can really take off with this.’ ”
He only lost one match during middle school. Now, Eggers can look back on a high school career wrestling for a two-time state champion in Durwood Bynum, who nurtured him into a college signee. Eggers has inked with Division II Wheeling Jesuit in Wheeling, W. Va., and he is Bynum’s first signee as a Falcon coach.
Eggers actually started the recruiting process.
“I was on Twitter and saw a new program,” he said. “I checked it out, filled out a questionaire and the coach called me. From there, it took off.”
Sean Doyle will be taking over for the Cardinals’ inaugural season so Eggers likes his chances due to his work ethic.
“Working hard comes naturally for me,” he said. “It’s one of the toughest sports, work-wise.”
Bynum thinks Doyle is getting someone who can be a future star.
“He’s very technical,” Bynum said. “He knows his stuff. He has a sweet takedown.”
“I like to be on my feet,” Eggers added. “It’s a chess match. You have to set up to get a certain move.”
And Eggers, who wrestled at 152 as a senior, has battled in several weight classes. As a sophomore he was all the way up to 189.
“I had to eat to make weight,” grinned Eggers. “I had to wrestle a lot bigger guys but it was a good experience. I qualified for regionals but you can only hold your own for so long.”
As a junior, he was at 170 and thought he’d be at 160 this season, but decided on 152 after toting the ball as a fullback for Scott Young.
“I thought at 152, I’d be stronger, but after football, you come in beefed up,” he noted. “I dieted right but the strength goes with the weight. What I gained in speed, I lost in strength.”
To get down to 152, Eggers said his diet plan was six meals a day. Chicken and protein. Cut out the carbs. No junk food. And plenty of vegetables.
But Eggers also chose a very talented weight class. In the regionals, Eggers lost to the eventual state champ. In his second match, he lost to the wrestler who finished fourth in the state.
“Hey, 152 was stacked,” Bynum said. “It was one of the hardest weight classes.”
It didn’t prevent Eggers from being one of the best wrestlers in the county and North Piedmont Conference.
“I just kept working,” he said.
Wheeling Jesuit will also be getting a leader. As a senior, setting a good example was just as important to Eggers as as what he did on the mat.
“I took a leadership role,” he said. “The season gets hard and the big thing is to encourage people. When I saw somebody needed extra motivation, I was there.”
No one has to motivate Eggers. He said he loved the size of Wheeling and the campus and plans to wrestle at 149 or 157.
“Everybody’s goal is to win a state championship,” said Bynum. “Cody said if he didn’t, he was going to wrestle in college. That’s one of his goals and he’s doing it.”