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Wrestling: Robinson completes dominant season


Robinson wrestling coach Brian Hazard leaps for joy as his wrestler Zak DePasquale, foreground, takes a moment to collect himself after defeating Grassfield's Taylor Misuna to win the 160-pound weight class during the 6a state finals. (Richard A. Lipski/For the Washington Post)

When Zak Depasquale careened out of bounds during a match at the 2011 Walsh Ironman Classic, he couldn’t anticipate what would follow. The sophomore collided with a random passerby and felt a snap in his lower leg.

The next thing he knew, Depasquale found himself in Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio, getting his prognosis from a doctor without any sugarcoating. His left leg, originally treated with pins and surgery, had become afflicted with compartment syndrome, which can be a life-threating condition.

The doctor “said I wasn’t going to be able to walk again normally,” said Depasquale, now a senior. “And that was definitely a huge blow. That night was really rough.”

After extensive rehab, Depasquale walked again in 2014 – across the gym floor at Robinson to climb atop the podium as the 160-pound 6A champion – one of four wrestlers on the No. 1 Rams to take top individual honors at this year’s state tournament.

Robinson claimed the top spot in The Post’s rankings back in early December and held it throughout. The Rams finished with a perfect 5-0 record in dual meets, and dominated the Conference 5, 6A North region and 6A state meets. They outscored opponents 307-61 in those five duals.

The Fairfax County program has won three of the past four state titles.

“We have a great senior class that, from the start, has really left a legacy and been the glue of the whole Robinson team,” heavyweight state champ Jake Pinkston said.

Rankings

Robinson swept the Conference 5, Region 6A North, and 6A state titles. . . Damascus won its second consecutive Maryland 4A/3A dual meet championship in addition to Montgomery County and region titles. ... Good Counsel has now won three of the past four Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles. The Falcons also finished second at the Maryland Independent Schools state finals.

1. Robinson (5-0)

2. Good Counsel (16-0)

3. Georgetown Prep (17-2)

4. Damascus (27-0)

5. Huntingtown (26-3)

6. Lake Braddock (14-1)

7. River Hill (29-6)

8. Chantilly (16-4)

9. Glenelg (20-3)

10. DeMatha (16-3)

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