By TJ Millman
Even though his senior wrestling season ended a few months ago, Milford senior Robbie Rosser is still earning awards. This past week, Rosser earned two of the country’s most coveted awards. Rosser was named All-American, the highest honor for the country’s best athletes, and was also named the Delaware winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA).
The DSHSEA recognizes and celebrates the nation’s most outstanding high school senior male wrestlers for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service. The All-American Team speaks for itself. It is a team comprised of the top wrestlers in the US across all 50 states.
Rosser has now won awards for being All-Conference, All-State, 4 Team State Championships, and 2 Individual State Championships to go along with his new honors. Rosser is also Milford’s all-time leader in wins with 155 wins. In fact, his last loss to an opponent from Delaware goes all the way back to his sophomore year.
“Each of my awards has their own special meaning. All-American is definitely the biggest…I mean that’s what you dream about. But I love wrestling in front of the Milford fans and I’ll never be able to forget the feelings of wrestling at those state duals,” Rosser said.
Rosser’s road to All-American was not always easy. For his freshman year, he wrestled between 15-20 pounds under his weight class and had to rely on his sheer talent to get by. He went into matches outweighed, but he was never outworked.
“My freshman year was definitely a learning curve, but it really helped me figure it all out. I felt like I had a lot of pressure on me coming into high school as a top wrestler, but that year no one expected me to win. Being outweighed every match gave me a mental advantage because I had nothing to lose. I carried that mentality with me throughout my career, and it really helped me to grow as a wrestler and a person. As far as being an All-American, I knew that if I worked hard and put myself in places to succeed…well I could accomplish anything. Coach (Don) Parsley always believed in me. Having a guy with his successful background having faith in you…it really makes you believe in yourself. My parents have always supported me too, and they always put me in the best places to grow and succeed,” Rosser said.
Though Rosser is going to be leaving Milford in just a few weeks, his imprint on the school is one that will stand the tests of time. He was an athlete who never backed down from a challenge, came ready to work every day, and did whatever he could to not only make himself better, but his teammates as well. Robbie Rosser is an All-Conference, All-State, All-American, DSHSEA winning, State Champion, and he has earned each and every one of those titles.
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