Roberson set for Nationals
Athletics - posted on 3/8/2011
Lakeland senior Isaac Roberson has proved his dominance on the wrestling mat all season.
The 157-pound grappler made it four straight years that a Muskie has earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Nationals after an earning one of the nine at-large bids at the Great Lakes Regional on Feb. 26. He's just the fifth wrestler in the program's history to wrestle at Nationals as he makes his debut on March 11-12 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis.
Head coach Mike DeRoehn knows Roberson has what it takes to become an All-American.
"I know a winner when I see one," said DeRoehn. "Isaac has had a great season that includes multiple tournament championships, outstanding wrestler accolades and becoming the career leader in takedowns at Lakeland. Competing at Nationals will allow him to fully realize his potential and I expect to see him on the podium Saturday night."
Roberson has compiled an impressive season, posting a 23-3 record and claiming numerous tournament titles and championships.
He finished third at Regionals with a 3-1 record. His only loss came to No. 2 seed Justin Berns of Concordia College Moorhead, who is ranked sixth by the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Brute - Adidas Individual Rankings.
The Chicago, Ill., native won his second-straight Northern Wrestling Association Conference Championship and was named the conference's Wrestler of the Year - just the second Lakeland grappler to earn the feat.
Roberson was crowned the 157-pound champion at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Invite on Dec. 4, he placed first at the Dan Gable Open on Jan. 16, in Oshkosh, Wis. and placed fourth at the Pete Wilson Invite on Jan. 28-29 in Wheaton, Ill. He went a perfect 4-0 at the Gator Duals on Dec. 19 in Orland, Fla., and was the only wrestler to go undefeated at the Dubuque Duals on Jan. 22, in Dubuque, Iowa.
"I'm so proud of Isaac," said DeRoehn. "He has bought into our system of goal setting and understands how to translate what he puts on paper from goal setting to goal achievement."
DeRoehn feels Roberson's confidence and mental toughness are the right combination to become Lakeland's third All-American.
"There are many things that make Isaac tough, but most importantly he believes in himself," said DeRoehn. "His faith in God allows him to wrestle free because he knows whatever happens is just part of His plan."
What would becoming an All-American mean to Isaac? Find out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3ty1Gj4Lgo
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