Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

Cody Melson on the mend

On Feb. 3, junior Cody Melson’s wrestling season came to an early end. Melson was riding his snowmobile across Perking Road and was hit by an automobile. His injuries included cracked ribs, a collapsed lung, a punctured kidney and a broken pelvis in four places.

At first, it was questionable if Melson would be able to play sports again. Four weeks after the accident, he received the positive news from his doctor that he should be able to play.

“Most of the guys came out to support me and help get me back on my feet again,” Melson said. “I’ve been getting my flexibility back and strengthening my legs. The therapist works with me on strength and conditioning and stretching me out. We have done a lot of work on my abs to strengthen my core.”

“At first it was really difficult trying to get back to doing things I used to be able to do,” he said. “Now, I really have no pain at all.”

Melson, a three-sport athlete, was all-conference as catcher his freshman and sophomore years. He plays tight end on the football team and wrestles at 189 pounds. He also plays for the McHenry County Hurricanes traveling baseball team.

Melson, chomping at the bit to get back on the field, was released to play May 2. He attended several of the team’s games and recently started light practice.

“I want to get my starting position back again,” Melson said. “Eventually, I want to go on and play college baseball.”

Head coach Ryan Frenk is amazed with Melson’s recovery, and is excited to get him back on the team, but will let caution be the guide.

“He has bounced back really fast,” said Frenk. “To see where he was and where he is now is amazing. Anytime we can get a player like that back, it’s a plus.

“We’re going to be really cautious. We don’t want to push him too fast. We’ll have to evaluate where he’s at and what he can do. He definitely will not be catching. These are just the last two weeks of the season. He has the rest of his life.” Athletic director Scott Striegel echoed Frenk’s thoughts.

“It’s amazing he’s been able to bounce back so quickly,” said Striegel. “A lot of it has to do with the good shape he was in. I know he is excited to be back. I just want him to take it slow.”