|Brett Robbins named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Aug. 8-14|
By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
Brett Robbins (Bloomington, Ill./Panther Wrestling Club) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Aug. 8-14.
Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level. The announcement will be made each week on Wednesday.
Robbins has earned praise from USA Wrestling coaches for his work at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., during training camp for the upcoming FILA Junior World Championships. The event is set for Aug. 29-Sept. 3 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
The University of Northern Iowa freshman won the gold medal at 60 kg/132 pounds at the FILA Junior World Team Trials on June 9-10 in Colorado Springs. He was named USA Wrestling's FILA Junior Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Month for June 2006.
Robbins downed 2006 FILA Junior Nationals champion Shawn Jones in the best-of-3 finals. Robbins dropped the first period of the first match before coming back to launch and pin Jones. Robbins swept the second match 7-0, 6-3. Earlier in the day, Robbins won two other bouts to capture the Challenge Tournament, beating Jake Swenson of the Minnesota Storm, 7-0, 5-0 in the semifinals and Christopher Iorio of the Sachem WC, 5-0, 8-0 in the finals.
Robbins redshirted at Northern Iowa during the 2005-06 season. He was a two-time Junior Nationals champion in Greco-Roman. He was also a 2004 high school state champion in Illinois for Bloomington High School.
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