ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – When Colby Robinson accepted the role as head coach of the De Smet Jesuit High School Wrestling team, the Spartans hadn’t won its district in almost a decade, and the team had only five wrestlers.
“I saw this program and it was broken,” Robinson says. “I was like alright lets do this. Because I’m young and motivated and ready to go. So yeah it is a challenge but it’s nothing that I don’t think I can conquer.”
One of Robinson’s original five wrestlers is senior, Sean Christman. He was the only one with experience in the program before Robinson arrived.
“I noticed that the practiced they got a lot more intense,” Christman says. “He made us work a lot more. That really showed a lot more out on the mats.”
Chrisman says the biggest difference was that he could tell his new coach, was a former wrestler.
“I had create a name for myself here,” Robinson says. “I wrestled in High School in Oklahoma and so I had a pretty good name and my brothers wrestled. So when a Robinson boy walked in the gym you knew who we were.”
In Oklahoma, Robinson was a high school state champion, junior national champion and All-American at the University of Central Oklahoma. And he enjoys to remind his wrestlers of that.
“I want my wrestlers to know there is always someone in the room who is a little bit better than they are,” Robinson says.
Robinson’s usual partner is freshman Cory Peterson, who at one point was the No. 2 wrestler in the state at his weight class. And he says his coach was the main reason he came to De Smet.
“I love his enthusiastic practice and I just like the way he coaches,” Peterson says. “I knew the practice would push the pace and get me better, get the team better.”
It hasn’t taken long for this wrestling tandem to realize its potential.
“The long term goals are to just put plaques on the wall, put names on the wall, put pictures onto wall and build this program back to where it used to be.
“We are never going to be satisfied with one state championship, we want multiple state titles.”
Those goals are shared by Robinson’s
“That’s my biggest goal, I want my name four times on the wall,” Peterson says. “I just want to make history here.”
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