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Senior Robby Frias has been named Lakeland College's Muskie of the Week for his performance in the Northern Wrestling Association Tournament last week. Read about his success below.
Senior Robby Frias garnered Muskie of the Week honors after capping off a prolific performance at the sixth Northern Wrestling Association Tournament on Feb. 18.
Frias, who wrestles in the 149-pound weight class, won the NWA title and finishes his career as a three-time NWA title winner. He took titles at 133 in 2009 and 2010, and placed second at 141 last year.
The Oak Lawn, Ill., native earned a 7-2 decision in the 149 title match over Jake Narveson of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, who was a national qualifier and beat Frias in the NWA championship match last season. In round one, Frias earned a 5-1 decision over Josh Wengerter of MSOE, and in round two he slid past Eric Steingruber, last year's 149 title winner, of Knox College in a 3-1 decision.
For his efforts, Frias was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Year. He has tallied an impressive 27-11 record this year.
Frias hopes to carry the momentum from the NWA Tournament to a top-two finish at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional on Feb. 26 in Minneapolis, Minn., for a chance to compete at the National Tournament on March 9-10.
See what Frias says about his big day: http://youtu.be/wUgM47pfCPs
Frias is majoring in marketing.
Here's a look into Robby's personality:
TV: "Prison Break"
Movie: "Fight Club or Lord of War"
Q. What are you looking forward to most at the Great Lakes Regional?
A: The opportunity to do what I've been doing my entire life and make it to Nationals.
Q: What has been your most memorable match this season?
A: The Concordia Invite when I wrestled eight matches and the NWA championship match at the NWA Tournament this year.
Q: What's the hardest part about making weight each week?
A: It's not an issue for me this year because I worked and trained hard in the off season. It's one less thing to worry about.
Q: Who is your favorite person to wrestle with at practice and why?
A: Brent Steudel because he's a bulldog and he doesn't stop. He pushes the tempo for me and it gives me a real life stimulation of how a real meet goes.