Sunnyside Class of 2021 wrestler Sebastian Robles made a commitment to Iowa’s national championship wrestling program Sunday, joining former Blue Devil teammate Jesse Ybarra.
Robles is a two-time state champion, at 145 pounds last season and 160 pounds this season. He was 12-0 this year after putting together a 44-4 record last season.
Robles projects as a 157- or 165-pound wrestler for Iowa.
“Very excited and humbled to announce that starting in the fall I will be pursuing my athletic and academic goals at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA!!” Robles announced in a tweet. “Thank you to my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for all of their support!!”
Ybarra, a three-time state champ at Sunnyside, was a freshman at 133 pounds at Iowa this season. He took part in only one extra match this season and was slated to keep his four years of eligibility anyway because of COVID-19 protocols affecting scheduling.
Austin DeSanto, a senior All-American, wrestled ahead of Ybarra at 133 pounds.
Very excited and humbled to announce that starting in the fall I will be pursuing my athletic and academic goals at the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA!! Thank you to my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for all of their support!! #GOHAWKS pic.twitter.com/NWclyk0yQF
— Sebastian Robles (@sebassarobles) April 25, 2021
The weight class in the Big Ten also features Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young, another high-profile Sunnyside graduate who was a four-time state champ with the Blue Devils. Bravo-Young won his first Big Ten and NCAA titles this season.
Ohio State freshman Anthony Echemendia, also a Blue Devil alum, wrestles at 141 pounds.
Big Ten wrestling will be something to follow closely over the next few years with Bravo-Young, Echemendia, Ybarra and Robles all hailing from the Sunnyside program that has won four straight state titles and 34 overall.
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