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Moore: Coast Guard proved worth the wait for Phil Rogers

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The former Delran wrestling standout has accumulated a 36-9 record at the Coast Guard Academy after his entrance was deferred a year due to a hyperextended elbow

Phil Rogers is 13-5 during his sophomore year wrestling for Coast Guard at 165 pounds. [CGA ATHLETICS PHOTO]

Phil Rogers didn’t realize it at the time, but hyperextending his right elbow as a senior at Delran turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“That was the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” said Rogers during a telephone conversation Tuesday.

Considering the injury, which occurred in the opening round of the Region 6 Tournament in 2017, caused him to defer his entrance to the Coast Guard Academy by a year and ended a terrific season in which he had been undefeated, that is quite a statement.

“Through all of boot camp, which we call ‘Swab Summer,’ I would have been 17,” Rogers said. “I was pretty immature at 17. I had a whole year off. I went to (Rowan College at Burlington County). It was good work to practice adulting, I guess, and see what type of person I want to be. I had real life experience.”

Rogers worked full time in operations at former middle school all-star coach Paul Graham’s furniture store and was a volunteer assistant at Delran, where he........

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