On Tuesday, St. Michael senior, Lance Robinson, signed his college letter of intent to wrestle at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas.
Lance, who has been a wrestler for the past twelve years, received a number of other offers to wrestle collegiately but says he chose the University of the Ozarks because it is a great Christian school with a growing wrestling program. “I will have the opportunity to receive a great education, pursue my dreams of becoming an NCAA champion, and continue to grow personally, spiritually, and intellectually at a top tier University” Lance mentions.
Lance has earned numerous awards during his wrestling career. He is a two-time Greater Baton Rouge City Champion, and two-time recipient of the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. He has also received first team All-Metro recognition three-times. In 2017, Lance finished in 4th place finish at state, and competed in the Adidas Nationals where he was named an All-American. He was the 2018 Louisiana State Runner-Up in the 152-pound weight class, and was the 2019 Louisiana State Champion along with winning the prestigious Louisiana Classic, and Ken Cole Tournament. Lance says his next goal is to become an NCAA Champion in the 141-pound weight class in college.
St. Michael head wrestling coach, Josh Galasso, explains how Lance has grown tremendously over the past four years. “I could not be more proud of the man he has become. Lance is an extremely talented wrestler with an even greater will to succeed. Athletically there aren’t any many wrestlers across the country that contain the natural athletic ability and work ethic of Lance. I am confident that he will be an All-American and NCAA Champion before he graduates college. Coach Gardner is receiving a great athlete but an even greater young man.”
Lance plans to major in Psychology and Sports Management, and hopes to one day become a wrestling coach.
Photos provided by senior Dylan Britt.