Robby Cook: Moorpark Wrestling: 142 pounds Sophomore: 5-foot-7

The technical term for the move is a lateral drop, but in layman’s language, Robby Cook’s takedown in the waning seconds of his semifinal match was simply an enormous turnaround for Moorpark College’s wrestling team in last week’s state junior college championships.

Trailing, 10-5, with seven seconds remaining, Cook took Fresno City’s Ralph Olivas down for two points and then segued into a three-point near-fall to tie the score before time expired. Cook won, 12-10, in overtime.

“It was the Hail Mary throw,” Moorpark Coach John Keever said. “There’s no question it won the state meet for us.”


Moorpark and Fresno were battling for the team lead at the time, and Keever estimated that Cook’s win provided a 20-point turnaround. Cook went on to win the title at 142 pounds.