Robles, McKenna named 2010-11 Pac-10 Tom Hansen Medal Winners
Senior wrestler Anthony Robles and senior women's tennis player Kelcy McKenna were named the 2010-11 Pac-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners, commissioner Larry Scott announced today. A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Robles turned in one of the more impressive seasons on the mat in Sun Devil wrestling history as he rolled his way to a 36-0 record on the year before capping his three-time All-American career with the NCAA title at 125 pounds. Rated among the Top 3 all season, Robles captured his third-consecutive Pac-10 title at 125 before earning the national No. 1 seed in Philadelphia where he dominated his opponents, including a 7-1 defeat of No. 2 Matt McDonough (Iowa), the defending champion. With 24 wins by technical fall (15-point margin or better) on the year, Robles was among the most dominant wrestlers at any weight class and was named the Outstanding Wrestler at five events, including the NCAA Championships, the Pac-10 Championships, the Las Vegas Invitational, the Reno Tournament of Champions and the Lone Star Duals. Robles, who is now touring the nation as a motivational speaker, has recently been named a finalist for an ESPY Award (Best Male Athlete with a Disability) and will receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. For his career, Robles collected 123 wins and finished his time in Tempe ranked tied for sixth all-time in overall victories.
McKenna, a native of North Bend, Ore., played the No. 1 position for the Sun Devils for the entire dual season, leading the Sun Devils to a fourth-place Pac-10 finish. The first-team all-Pac-10 Honoree started off the season with a 10-0 record in tournament play and won both the Cal Nike Invitational and ASU Thunderbird Invitational this fall. McKenna also went on to upset then-No. 1 ranked Maria Sanchez of USC in singles play to help the Sun Devils sweep the Trojans on the season. McKenna, who graduated last December with a 3.86 GPA in Elementary Education, racked up a total of 121 career victories for ASU including a career best 35 wins in 2009. That same season McKenna finished the season ranked eighth in the nation and became the first Sun Devil since Adria Engel in 2002 to earn All-American honors in both singles and doubles. In addition to her excellence in athletics, McKenna also excelled academically earning both ITA Scholar Athlete and Pac-10 All-Academic honors to three consecutive seasons.
The Tom Hansen Conference Medal was named in honor of Hansen, who served 26 years as commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference, retiring in June of 2009. The award was first named in his honor in 2008-09.