Shying away from contact is not in Kodiak Stephens’ DNA. If the Bret Harte High School sophomore isn’t being physical, he might not be trying. Stephens was a varsity offensive and defensive linemen, and Bret Harte’s top grappler.
During the fall, Stephens enjoyed battling in the trenches on the gridiron. Although he may have been outweighed by some of his opponents, he used his speed, strength and smarts to his advantage. Stephens spent plenty of time in the opponent’s backfield and made life difficult for most offensive linemen.
But football season was just something to do before wrestling. In the winter, Stephens returned to his first love and didn’t disappoint. Stephens, who wrestled at 170 pounds, was a Mother Lode League champion, a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion, placed fifth at the Masters Tournament and qualified for the CIF State Tournament.
“By far, Kodi’s most valuable asset is his work ethic,” Bret Harte head coach Mike Borean said. “He is completely dedicated to being the best wrestler he can be. He works out after practice, weekends and the offseason.”