It was a case of one extreme to the other for Council Rock North senior Cameron Robinson.
"I look back at myself wrestling in eighth grade and there was a kid that couldn't place at the middle school state tournament," Robinson said. "I would just lose and think to myself that I had no idea what to expect when I got to high school. I really, honestly, didn't know what was going to happen."
We do know now and what Robinson did when he got to high school was win.
And it started in his freshman season and never stopped.
"What a great career and what a great kid Cameron is," Council Rock North coach Tom Vivacqua said. "He just got better and better every season and I couldn't be prouder of him. He'll be remembered as one of the best we've ever had come through here and we've been fortunate to have a lot of excellent wrestlers."
Robinson's final high school numbers are eye-opening:
Four PIAA tournament appearances;
Three PIAA medals - fifth place as a sophomore and runner-up finishes as a junior and senior;
A career win total of 152 against just 26 losses.
It all adds up to Robinson being named the 2020 Courier Times Wrestler of the Year, a repeat performance.
"I think I had a pretty solid high school career," Robinson said. "Being a two-time finalist was great.
"I still have this thing inside me about losing in the two finals. You reflect on that and it's like, 'Darn. I wish I could have won one,' but that didn't happen. And my future is bright with wrestling."
That future will be spent at perennial-powerhouse Iowa State.
"Where Cam's going to college tells you a lot about his ability and how highly thought of he is," Vivacqua said.
"He'll get there and they'll get him in the weight room and he's going to be something to see. He was at 152 this year and never had any trouble making weight. They'll put some muscle on him and he'll really be ready to go."
Robinson, who also won an Escape The Rock gold medal this past season, is raring to go.
"They'll most likely redshirt me, but I'll still be in that wrestling room, working with that great coaching staff and working and working to get better," Robinson said. "I just love the sport and can't wait to see what happens next."