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Robbins brings energy, enthusiasm to STHS mats

Steve Yingling

Robbins eased into his new coaching position last year, working with the school’s longtime wrestling authority Jack Lopez.

Now that the program is under his direction, the former national champion at Missouri is breathing his deeply ingrained love for the sport into his young team.

“Coach Lopez came back to keep the sport going here because he realized what a great sport it is,” Robbins said. “I’m in this community pretty much for the rest of my life. I’ve got two small boys and I want to make sure (they) can wrestle here and (they’ll) be proud to wrestle here.”

Already, the team enjoys Robbins’ hands-on approach to coaching.

“Coach Robbins is huge for our team,” said senior J.P. Foster. “I loved coach Lopez and coach (Jim) Kruk, they were awesome, but we just needed a coach who was younger who could come out and wrestle around with us and actually show us what to do, not just tell us how to do it.

“He’s like one of the guys, except he’ll beat everyone.”

Robbins will make his high school varsity coaching debut tonight when the Vikings entertain Truckee and Reno in a double dual beginning at 6 p.m.

He’ll send a talented crop of savvy sophomores into battle against the Wolverines and Huskies.

Leading eight sophomore starters is 112-pounder Mike Crouse, who missed qualifying for the 2004 state meet by four points.

“He’s looks and acts like he wants to improve on that this year,” Robbins said.

Lee Williams, a 125-pounder, saw plenty of action last year as a freshman, as did 140-pounder Jake Fonken, 145-pounder Elliot Pekar, 160-pounder Anthony Barton and 171-pounder Miles Wallace.

“It’s not like we’re splitting fish out there. They are gonna give people a run for their money,” Foster said. “They are all solid wrestlers who know what they are doing.”

Added Robbins, “It’s a heckuva a class. They’ll do something this year, but it all depends on how quickly they realize they’re not freshmen. Hopefully it’s just a couple of matches.”

Besides Foster, the Vikings can draw experience from 189-pounder Nate Sweeney, 135-pounder Ryan Duin and 152-pounder Josh Reeder.

Foster is toughing out a knee injury to make a final attempt at reaching his goal of winning a state title. He’ll have surgery following the season to repair a

STHS Wrestling schedule

Date Oponnent Time

Today Reno, Truckee 6 p.m.

Dec. 4 Yerington tourney 9 a.m.

Dec. 8 WOOSTER 6 p.m.

Dec. 15 At Douglas 6 p.m.

Dec. 18 Galena tourney 9 a.m.

Jan. 5 CARSON 6 p.m.

Jan. 8 Douglas tourney 9 a.m.

Jan. 12 HUG 6 p.m.

Jan. 22 At North Valleys 10 a.m.

Feb. 4-5 Regionals TBA

Feb. 11-12 State meet TBA


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