Robinson, Rams dominate on Senior Night

By John Bombatch Sports Editor jbombatch@civitasmedia.com

December 18, 2013

JAMESTOWN —The host Greeneview Rams don’t get to wrestle very many times at home. In fact, Wednesday’s Senior Night dual match against Hillsboro was their lone dual match of the season. So it seemed only fitting that the team’s only senior — Armani Robinson — would have a solid outing.

The two-time state placer dominated his freshman Hillsboro opponent in the 182-pound weight class. Like a big cat toying with its prey, Robinson let his opponent up for three escape points and held a 13-3 lead when he closed in for the kill. Robinson pounced for the final takedown with 1:47 seconds left in the third period. Thirty seven seconds later, Robinson was awarded the pin to win the match.

Robinson was introduced with his mom and dad, Rhonda and Al Robinson, in a short pre-event ceremony. As the only senior, he was the center of attention, but the senior said he handled the night as if it were just another match.

“I just tried to look at is as just another wrestling night. It was another match for me to go out there and wrestle,” he said after the team’s 42-28 team win. “I’ve wrestled at the state meet (in front of a packed crowd at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus), and you just can’t let the sound get to you. Like my dad always tells me: ‘You gotta do what you do.’”

“I’m happy with the win, but my main goal is to get back to state. I can only look at the next match in front of me. I don’t want to overlook anyone. If you take big steps and overlook things, you’ll fall.”

A two-time state placer, Robinson finished third in the Division II state wrestling championships last season. He said he hopes to improve upon that this time around. He plans on attending Northern Illinois University, studying Criminal Justice.

Greeneview’s Andrew Hoskins easily won his match at 145 pounds. The 2013 state runner up pinned his Hillsboro opponent with just over 46 seconds to spare in the first round.

Fellow state no. 2 Logan LaCure then followed with a pin of his own at 152 pounds.

In a losing effort, Joe Brown wrestled Indians 2012 state placer Kordell Ford to a full match before falling 16-6.

Harrison Gallagher trailed by an 8-5 count with less than a minute left in the second period of his 120-pound match, but rallied to pin his Indians foe for the win.

Other wins for Greeneview came from Adrian and Isaiah Harding (220 and 285 pounds respectively), Connor Wallace (106).

“Greeneview has got a really good team this year. This has always been a good strong rivalry, and we enjoy the rivalry with them. It was a good match,” said Hillsboro coach Nathan Horne.

Greeneview coach Mike Sizemore said it was the fourth meeting between the two schools, and the first time that the Rams came away with a team win.

“They beat us 66-22 last season,” Sizemore said. “It was a nice win for us, but we still have some work to do. We have four freshmen in our lineup right now. Adam Bramble (138-pounds) got to wrestle tonight, but the freshmen need to keep taking the little steps to get up with the rest of our team. But we’re heading in the right direction, which is good.”

Both perennial powerhouses will return to wrestle after the Christmas break. Hillboro has an invitational meet in West Jefferson on Dec. 27-28, while Greeneview hopes to improve its team standing in the annual Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association tournament, also Dec. 27-28, at Wright State University’s Ervin J. Nutter Center.

“We finished seventh as a team there last season. We’d like to finish even higher this time around,” Sizemore said.