Former Horn Named All-American


Former Payson High School wrestling star Collin Robertson has attained his childhood goal of becoming a collegiate All-American.

Robertson, competing in the 149-pound weight division, pinned down the honor by finishing sixth at the NCAA Division I championships last weekend in Kansas City, Mo.

The top-eight wrestlers in each weight division are named All-Americans.

Robertson is the third Longhorn to earn collegiate All-American honors.

Jim Gressley, a state champ at PHS in 1980, earned the accolades by finishing third in the Division 1 championships. At the time, Gressley was an Arizona State University Sun Devil.

Jeff LaMotte, a 1998 state champion for the Longhorns, earned Division 2 All-American honors in 2001 while competing for West Liberty College.

Robertson also is the first in his family --hich included six brothers who wrestled collegiately -- to earn All-American status.

Three of Robertson's brothers --eau, Brock and Tyler --ere wrestling stars on PHS teams coached by now-retired coach Dennis Pirch.

During Robertson's two-year stint at Payson High School, he lost just one match. That defeat, during his freshman year, occurred in the final round of the state championship tournament. As a sophomore, he was an undefeated state champion.

Following his state title win, Robertson's family moved to Utah, where the teenager enrolled at Pleasant Grove High School.

Like Payson High, the school was widely acclaimed for its standout wrestling program.

Robertson continued to flourish at the Utah school winning back-to-back state championships. In USA Junior National off-season wrestling competition, he finished second nationally in Greco-Roman and sixth in freestyle.

According to his older brother Brock, now a student at Ohio State University, Robertson was the first Pleasant Grove wrestler to be named a high school All-American.

Following his graduation from Pleasant Grove, Robertson received a full-ride athletic scholarship to Brigham Young University. Competing as a true freshman, Robertson finished third in his weight class at the WAC championships.

Following his freshman season, he left BYU to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While on the mission, the university dropped wrestling from its athletic offerings.

When his mission work was completed, Robertson set out to find a university where he could continue his athletic career. Among the schools that wooed him were Michigan State, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, ASU and Boise State.

According to Brock, Robertson opted for Boise State because its campus was located only a few hundred miles from his hometown and parents.

"They never missed any (matches) making the six-hour trip from Utah for each one," Brock Robertson said.

At Boise State, Robertson compiled a 96-24 record.

Last season, Robertson's efforts paced Boise state to a 12th-place finish in the NCAA tournament. During his junior year, Boise finished 11th. A year earlier, Boise was 10th.

In three seasons of PAC-10 competition, Robertson finished third, second and was a weight class champion for the Broncos.

Because Robertson never sat out a redshirt season, his collegiate career is now at an end. With one year remaining to earn a bachelor's degree, he will continue his studies and work as an assistant coach for the Broncos. With a major in education, he also is slated to do his student teaching in the Boise area.

When that is completed, Robertson hopes to teach and coach either on the high school or collegiate level.

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