By TJ Millman
For Milford junior Robbie Rosser, every game day is the same. He eats his post weigh-in meal, lays out his uniform and locks in mentally on the match ahead of him. Every opponent receives an equal amount of respect, with no match taken lightly. Rosser holds a record of 29-3 on the season with an all-time record of 100-24. The 113 pound junior, nothing short of dominant in his third year of varsity wrestling, owes much of his success to his hard work and preparation.
Milford head coach Don Parsley said, “Robbie is the hardest worker in the room. He works very hard on a daily basis and he is always trying to improve his skill, which is a sign of a true champion.”
For all of his accomplishments, Rosser has yet to reach his ultimate goal of being a state champion. As a freshman, Rosser took his lumps on the mat by wrestling at the 113 pound division, weighing in at only 93 pounds. With the steep learning curve of varsity wrestling, along with giving up 20 pounds to his opponents, Rosser agreed that his beginning was not easy.
Looking back he said, “That year was tough, but it was a lot of fun. I learned a lot and had little pressure on me because of my age and size.” Against the odds, Rosser still managed to finish just outside of placing at the state tournament.
After a strong sophomore performance, Rosser found himself at the state tournament for a second time. Now wrestling at 106, a weight he was suited for this time around, Rosser wrestled his way into the championship match. In the end, Rosser would fall just short, starting a fire that has burned in his heart for the past year.
“That feeling has really been the drive for this year. Losing in that match was the worst feeling ever, and it is not a feeling that I want to have again,” he said. Moving back to 113 pounds, this year looks to be Rosser’s year to claim his title as number one in the state. When asked about his chances this year, Rosser demonstrated his maturity with an answer beyond his years. “I’m not going to think about that yet. Right now I am focused on helping my team win another state championship. My personal successes can wait for now,” he said.
Rosser is a winner off of the mat as well. He is enrolled in Honors and AP level courses, earning excellent grades for himself. He plans on attending college, but he is taking his time to weigh his options on where he plans to go. Currently, he hopes to get a nursing degree, a job well suited for someone with Rosser’s strong work ethic. One thing that is evident with Robbie Rosser is his high level of character. He calls his parents his biggest inspiration, and says he owes them everything. They drove him to all of his practices, helped him in any way that they could and instilled in him the principles of respect and hard work that have led to all of his successes in life.
As head coach Don Parsley said, “Robbie Rosser is a great teammate. He is dedicated to doing his best not only for himself, but for his team. He is modeling great qualities that show his teammates that he is truly invested in the team and its success.”
Robbie Rosser will tell you that he is only one member of a larger collective known as the Milford High School Wrestling Team. While that is true, it is important to acknowledge someone who is not only doing things well, but is doing them the right way, with humility and grace.
Cheer on the Bucs this Tuesday, February 14 as they look to win their fourth consecutive Division Two State Championship. The matches will begin at 3:30 at Smyrna High School.
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