PERU - Very few have ever held the title of three time new York State Public High School Athletic Association wrestling champion.
Even fewer have held the title of four-time champion.
That is the goal of Peru senior Arik Robinson, who has had his armed raised in the final match of the season for the past three years.
"I know that people are coming for me now," Robinson, who has a 26-2 record coming off a successful title defense at the prestigious Eastern States Tournament, said. "I figure that everyone on that mat is targeting me because it is my senior year and they want to be the one that knocks me off."
Robinson is coming off successful runs not only at Eastern States, but at the Peru Wrestling Tournament, where the hometown favorite scored his fifth title at the event.
"We have been going to a lot of good tournaments and there has been some great competition," Robinson said. "I am happy with the record so far."
Both Robinson and coach Mike Hogan said that the two losses for the season were the result of an injury that took place at a tournament, which hampered him in one match and forced him to forfeit another.
"I was really sick at the start of the season and I got hurt at one point," said Robinson. "I am starting to feel a lot better now."
That may be bad news for the rest of the state, as Robinson continues to use his speed and technique to record quick takedowns and falls. At Eastern states, Robinson dropped his opening round opponent, Mitchell Kamm of Pine Bush, in 25 seconds. He followed that up with a 23 second pin of Long Beach's Matt Gray.
In the quarters, Robinson scored a 7-3 victory against Shoreham's TJ Fabian, then scored a 4-1 win over Mark West of Hauppauge to advance to the finals, where he scored a 6-4 victory over Corey Rasheed of Longwood to take the title for the second straight year.