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L.C.'s Robinson hopes a second state title caps a stellar prep career

2014-02-18T19:17:00Z 2014-02-19T02:22:08Z L.C.'s Robinson hopes a second state title caps a stellar prep careerDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 18, 2014 7:17 pm  • 

During one of Gelen Robinson's matches at the Calumet regional, somebody yelled, "Who is that grown man wrestling with these boys?"

Nobody laughed.

The Lake Central senior's accomplishments enter wrestling rooms and gyms long before he does. His legacy is cemented not just in wrestling but in athletics as a whole in the region annals.

This weekend, he'll attempt to add some of the finishing touches to a stellar career as he goes for his second state championship at 220 pounds this weekend at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

"Another state title was the only goal I had this year," Robinson said. "It's been a great year and I've done some great things, but if this year didn't end with a state title I wouldn't be satisfied."

"It wasn't an option."

Robinson is 48-0 on the season. He hasn't lost since the second to last match of his sophomore campaign, giving him a streak of 98 consecutive wins. He's compiled a 142-8 record over his last three seasons. The webmasters at Indianamat.com haven't changed the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 220 pounds in over two years.

All that attention doesn't get to Robinson, though.

"I wouldn't say there's any more pressure now. It really doesn't bother me," he said. "(The recognition) is for the fans and its great to have their support, but when all is said and done it's up to me to do the job."

Robinson won't rule out the possibility of wrestling in college, but he knows it will be difficult to fit it into his schedule. He'll attend Purdue in the fall on a football scholarship.

"Gelen's true passion is football but as a college wrestler he would be pretty damn tough once his technique was cleaned up," L.C. coach Ryan Alb said.

Track is also part of his college plans. Robinson is state-championship caliber in shot put and discus. In an age where many prep athletes focus on a single sport, it's important to him that he's known as an athlete who could be successful in multiple arenas.

"I definitely want to be remembered as a great wrestler, as one of the best 220's to come out of Indiana. But kids don't have to be single-sport athletes," Robinson said. "Being a three-sport athlete pays off in the long run."

Robinson's long run in tormenting area 220-pounders will come to an end soon, no matter what happens this weekend. Alb said he'll need to win that second state title to be ranked among the best in Indians history on the mat.

But of course, ending this season any other way was never an option for him.

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