Throughout his career he never lost a wrestling match, official or unofficial, to anyone at any weight class. He was known for winning a gold medal at the 1924 Summer, leading Oregon State to its first team national championship, and for consistently wrestling in the 170 pound weight division despite his actual weight being close to 140. He is quoted as saying: "I needed gymnasium credits to graduate from high school, but I didn"t want any gym because I was already getting all the exercise I needed operating an air hammer at the shipyards.
I was only 125 pounds and could barely hold onto that air hammer, so I was getting all the gym I needed." He learned quickly and dominated the competition, going undefeated throughout his time there.
While still attending Oregon State, Robin participated in the 1924 Pacific Northwest Olympic team trials. While hitch-hiking from his home in Oregon to New York City in 1924 to join the United States Olympic team, Reed stopped at Iowa State University to work out, but was refused permission.
The coach agreed. Reed proceeded to pin every Iowa State wrestler and he got his workout.
He not only pinned Steel, but he did it five times in fifteen minutes. Upon his return from the, Robin retired his amateur wrestling career having never lost a matcha feat unmatched by anyone else in the history of the sport other than Japan"s Osamu Watanabe
In late 1926 he became a professional wrestler, a career he would follow for 10 years.
In 1936, he went into the real estate business and built a house in Lincoln City, on the Oregon Coast, where he would reside until he died in 1978. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1978.
He made the Olympic team, and on the boat trip to Europe he had unofficial matches against every other member of the United States team He asked the coach if he could work out if he first pinned every member of the wrestling team