Whether the other seven schools were aware of it, Robinson was conducting a class in Washington area high school wrestling history at the 14th annual Holiday Classic tournament at St. Stephen's last night.
The defending Virginia AAA Northern Region champion proved it again will be one of the area's top teams this winter as the Rams won the title with 141.5 points, nine more than second-place Gar-Field.
The impressive victory came over a field that included top public and private traditional powers from Northern Virginia and Maryland.
In the last 19 years, Robinson has finished first in the Northern Region 11 times and second four times. Last night, four of the five Robinson finalists emerged as champions, two of them defeating Gar-Field's wrestlers.
Those two wins helped Robinson pull away from a tailgating Gar-Field, which entered the finals within eight points of Robinson.
The Rams' Kevin Littley (125 pounds) controlled Gar-Field's Jason Rivera from start for 7-3 decision to improve to 10-0. Rivera had been unbeaten in eight matches.
Robinson's Brian Hazard (135) pinned Gar-Field's Hiram Frias in 1:59.
"There was additional strain on those wrestlers who went against Gar-Field wrestlers," said Robinson Coach John Epperly. "But I have to give them credit where its due for coming through."
Other Robinson winners were Greg Bosco (10-0), who defeated Madison's Ken Burns in the 112-pound match, and John Schafer, an 18-5 winner over St. Stephen's Joe Shabelski in the 130 final.
In the tournament's most anticipated match, All-Met Khalil Abdul-Malik of St. Stephen's showed cobra-like swiftness and wrestling cunning to defeat Gar-Field's Phil Sykes in the 140 final, 9-7.
Abdul-Malik punished Sykes into an injury timeout at 4:40 on his way to earning tournament MVP honors. Team Scores
Robinson 141.5, Gar-Field 132.5, Old Mill 124, Gilman 110.5, Madison 110.5, St. Stephen's 99.5, Yorktown 64.5, Park View 56. Finals
95 -- Jeff Magee, Gar-Field, pinned Liam Sullivan, St. Stephens, 2:57.
103 -- Gerard Harrison, Gilman, dec. Robert Chevez, Yorktown, 6-3.
112 -- Greg Bosco, Robinson, dec. Ken Burns, Madison, 13-10.
119 -- Bret Wilke, Gilman, dec. Kevin McCabe, Madison, 7-6.
125 -- Kevin Littley, Robinson, dec. Jason Rivera, Gar-Field, 7-3.
130 -- John Schafer, Robinson, dec. Joe Shabelski, St. Stephen's, 18-5.
135 -- Brian Hazard, Robinson, pinned Hiram Frias, Gar-Field, 1:16.
140 -- Khalil Abdul-Malik, St. Stephen's, dec. Phil Sykes, Gar-Field, 9-7.
145 -- Tony Oliver, Gar-Field, dec. Ruben Larocca, Yorktown, 5-2.
152 -- David Gilner, Gilman, pinned John Earle, Old Mill, 5:40.
160 -- Brian Layman, Old Mill, dec. Shawn Hutchinson, Madison, 16-6.
171 -- John Kotch, Park View, pinned Corely McKinley, Gar-Field, 3:18.
189 -- John Anderson, Gar-Field, def. Brian Lovett, Robinson, 10-7.
HWT -- Don Marco, Old Mill, pinned Brian Pendleton, Madison, 2:38.