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Soderstrom back in the saddle

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Lancaster grad Ethan Soderstrom is an all-round athlete. He was a two-time state champion wrestler for the Flying Arrows, a strong safety on the football team and also ran track. Though Soderstrom claims his best abilities come in rodeo.

“[I’ve] been in it since I was two years old and I loved it and done it ever since,” Soderstrom said.

Soderstrom’s family owns a mechanical bull at home where he practices during the week, and on the weekends he travels all over the country to participate in rodeos.

Soderstrom rides bareback bronc, and also rides bulls. He’s suffered all sorts of injuries from the sport, but to him it’s no big deal.

“It's just that adrenaline rush, it makes you feel complete,” Soderstrom said.

“My uncle always told me pick myself up and dust myself off and get back on again and that's what I’ve done my entire life.”

He did just that during this past wrestling season. Soderstrom broke his shoulder socket playing football. He decided to put off surgery so he could attempt to win a third straight WIAA individual wrestling state championship. Soderstrom finished third, but that was far from failure.

“As long as I can show people if something gets in your way in life don’t let it get you down, fight through it and you'll get it eventually, and well I somewhat managed to do that,” Soderstrom said.

Soderstrom eventually did have surgery on March 6, his 18th birthday. He’s back on the bull much faster than doctors recommended. He qualified for next month’s High School Rodeo Nationals in Wyoming for the fourth year in a row.

Soderstrom hopes to have a good showing, so it can help him pursue a long-term future in the sport.

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