This past weekend I had a chance to go to the State Wrestling Tournament Finals. Gelen Robinson (pronounced Gee-len) wrestled for the 220 pound state championship. He faced off against a guy who signed to wrestle for IU next year. Before the finals they introduce each wrestler, give stats/achievements, and say where, if their a senior and it is known, they are going the next year. The d-bag of a stadium announcer said the Gelen was going to "the University of Purdue"...moron. His opponent, Fletcher Miller, was introduced, and he was wearing an IU headband, so it was a pre-college IU/Purdue rivalry. It was the most anticipated match of the night (a lot of Purdue fans as well as Lake Central fans) and it was a good win for Gelen.
On to the match: both wrestlers looked good. Both moved very well, which is not typical of such big wrestlers. Gelen impressed me with how quickly he changed levels; he was able to drop down and shot a single leg and got a hand on Fletcher's ankle. That particular shot did not result in a takedown, but the speed in which he hit the shot was incredible. Another thing that also impressed me is that he brought a tremendous amount of physicality to the match (as 220#'ers should) as well as great athleticism - one of Gelen's takedown was a beautiful throw.
I feel great having this kid coming onto the football team. He is physically intimidating (my wife commented on how impressive it is to see a six pack through a singlet halfway up Banker's Life), he is athletic as all get out, strong, and a great competitor. Even more important, he knows what it takes to be a champion; he will fit in nicely to/be a big part of Coach Hazell's effort to produce a culture of winning championships in West Lafayette,
Also, IU is getting a good wrestler in Fletcher Miller. He lost 9-3 to a two year undefeated wrestler; however, he wasn't blown off the mat by Gelen. His defense was strong and had Gelen in trouble on a couple of takedown attempts. If he continues to develop, he will give IU a potential B1G champ in the heavier weights in a couple of years.
Note: I originally had Gelen winning 6-3, but the match was 9-3. Sorry for the error.