Noah Robert has emerged as one of the toughest … and most athletic kids at Cranston West.
The junior standout is a three-sport athlete, making waves in football, wrestling and lacrosse. He won the state title in wrestling his freshman year, and was recently named to the Division I Second Team for his performance this past season on the gridiron.
His 2018-19 wrestling season has already gotten off to a strong start, as he took home a second-place finish at the Wilson Cup in North Kingstown.
As a linebacker, Robert was one of the most physical players on the field in all of Division I, and was one of the primary reasons that the Falcons were able to shut down some of the conference’s best teams. Despite West falling to North Kingstown in the Super Bowl, the Falcons held the Skippers to just 20 points after they averaged 34 points per game throughout the season.
“Noah had a great impact on both sides but especially defense. He solidified the inside linebacker spot for us this year, he definitely brought an edge to our defense and linebackers. He just brought a different edge to us back in the summer when he started in our summer league. He brought that different edge for us at the linebacker position which I was a little bit concerned about, but he ended up playing pretty much every snap on defense for us,” said West head coach Tom Milewski, who was impressed early on after he returned to the Falcons after spending a season at Bishop Hendricken. “I talked to the coaches over at Hendricken and they had a lot of nice things to say about him. We penciled him in as a starter going into the year but he really solidified his spot against Hendricken at the injury fund game.”
Not only has Robert shown immense toughness on the field, but he has also shown mental toughness for the Falcons as he became one of the leaders on the defense.
“He’s got a motor on him. He’s an emotional player and we followed his emotions a lot of times during the season. It seemed like whenever we would send Noah in on a blitz he would get there and do it and we would elevate our game following him. He really emerged as a leader on our defense by the end of the season,” said Milewski.
Robert has also flashed impressive skills on the lacrosse field. Like on the gridiron, Robert was one of the Falcons’ toughest players on defense last season.
“He’s a very physical player, he’s a workhorse, he’s unbelievably fast, and he’s not afraid to put his shoulder down and run through somebody. He’s a great asset to our defense on the lacrosse field. He really takes the defense under his wing and is our defensive leader,” said West lacrosse coach Justin Erickson. “He’s great to have because you know what he’s going to bring. He has that grit and you know that he can fight through anything. He wrestles, he plays football, it’s amazing considering everything going on in this generation with video games and not a lot of participation in sports.”
Unfortunately for his opponents, he still has two seasons left in lacrosse and on the mat, and one more season to go on the football field.
Milewski has high hopes for Robert as the Falcons flip the page toward 2019, and looks to expand his role on the team even further.
“He works hard, he’s now getting into wrestling and after that he’ll get into lacrosse. His physical maturity will continue to improve, he’ll be a starter on defense but we’re also hoping to use him more on offense. You can see that his athleticism is a direct correlation from lacrosse, you could also see his wrestling as a linebacker. He was a very good tackler, you would see him do a two-point takedown on a tackle like you’d see on a wrestling mat,” said Milewski.
Erickson echoed those sentiments.
“I think he has the potential to be an all-state player in our division,” said Erickson. “I think he has the ability to really do some damage for us.”