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Hawkeyes land Arizona state champ
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Hawkeyes land Arizona state champ

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A fifth state high school champion has joined the Iowa wrestling program’s 2021 recruiting class.

Sebastian Robles, a senior at Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Ariz., announced on Twitter his decision to join the Hawkeyes, projecting to compete at either 157 or 165 pounds at the college level.

“Very excited and humbled to announce that starting in the fall I will be pursuing my athletic and academic goals at the University of Iowa,’’ Robles wrote in announcing his decision. “Thank you to my family, friends, teammates and coaches for all of their support.’’

The Tweet was accompanied by a photo of Robles standing next to the Dan Gable statue outside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Robles won the Arizona high school championship at 160 pounds this year, going 12-0 on the season as part of a Sunnyside program that has won four consecutive state team championships.

He also won an Arizona state title at 145 pounds in 2020, finishing 44-4 during his junior season.

Robles will become the second Sunnyside wrestler on the Hawkeye roster.

Current freshman Jesse Ybarra, a 133-pounder last season, was a three-time Arizona state champion for a Sunnyside program which also produced Roman Bravo-Young, an NCAA champion for Penn State this year and Ohio State freshman Anthony Echemendia.

At Iowa, Robles becomes part of a 2021 recruiting class that includes four other state champions, all who have won multiple state titles.

Coach Tom Brands previously signed a pair of Iowa state champions in Drake Ayala, a three-time state champion from Fort Dodge, and two-time Iowa state champ Caleb Rathjen of Ankeny.

Cam Lucero, a three-time state champion from Pagosa Springs, Colo., and a wrestler who has both Missouri and Pennsylvania state prep championships on his resume, Wyatt Henson of Waynesburg, Pa., also are part of Iowa’s 2021 recruiting class.

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