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Robbie Mikenis, of Lincoln-Way Central, looks to make a move against Marist's Matt Sears during the 138 weight match at Lincoln-Way Central, Saturday, January 5th, 2013, in New Lenox. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Mikenis, a returning state-placer, notched his second SouthWest Suburban title Jan. 19 with a sweep through the 138-pound field. The senior began wrestling in second grade.
What’s been your proudest moment on the mat?
Last year, placing in state. Wrestling is the greatest sport, and it was incredible to go to Assembly Hall and be on that podium.
Who is the best wrestler you’ve seen this season?
I really like watching Colin Holler (170 pounds) from Sandburg. I like how he works and how he’s always staying in good position. I used to wrestle with him at IKWS (Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation).
You’re on one of the best teams in the state. Is it ever frustrating to be in the same conference as Sandburg?
Oh, yeah. It always seems like they’re the number one team in the state and we’re number four. It’s pretty ridiculous. I’ve never beaten them in my four years, but we’re really hoping to win our regional so we get another shot at them in the state series. The way we look at it, we’re going to attack them. We’ve had close matches but haven’t been able to pull it off.
During the season, how much are you watching what you eat?
I watch it pretty closely, staying away from fatty foods or stuff that’s not fresh. It’s easy now after doing it for a couple of months.
What’s going to be the first big meal you eat when you’re done?
Probably some of my mom’s homemade meatloaf.
What’s your take on cauliflower ear?
I like it. I’ve got it on both ears so I embrace it. I think the girls like it.
Dream prom date?