When you look at wrestling records of individuals this time of year, you see guys that have 40 or 50 wins.
But entering this weekend's state wresting tournament at the Gwinnett Arena, senior Robbie Kane of Parkview had 14 wins against only two defeats. Not such a lofty record but there is a reason for that. Kane injured his shoulder earlier this season and instead of hanging it up, he decided to wrestle through the pain and competed in only tournaments when he came back in January.
All Kane did is go 14-2 and reach the state tournament at 119 pounds.
"He is one of the toughest guys I've been around," said Parkview coach Chris Hardin. "I see how much pain he is in every time he wrestles."
One of the losses for Kane was a forfeit loss to Denzel Harmon of Grayson on Feb. 5, when Kane had already qualified for the Area meet. Hardin said he didn't want to take any chances on him re-injuring the shoulder for the state or area meet that were coming up in the weeks ahead.
Kane defeated Dalton Diel of North Gwinnett 6-5 at the area meet and headed into the state meet as a No. 1 seed in the 119-weight class.