Anthony Robles: ASU Wrestler Wins NCAA Wrestling Championships with One Leg
Anthony Robles was born in 1988 with one leg. 23 years and 125-pounds later, he has accomplished a feat that can only be described as improbable.
Robles began wrestling in eighth grade; success ensued soon after.
Although disabled, Robles pursued strength and athleticism by exercising other body parts.
At Mesa High School in Mesa, Arizona, Robles went 46-0 in both his junior and senior years, winning two consecutive Arizona state championships.
His collegiate career is a story of an unwavering pursuit and a fairytale ending.
Robles decided to stay local to continue his wrestling career at the D-I level at Arizona State University. He became nationally ranked in his first season with a record of 25-11. He fell just short of being named an All-American.
In both of the following two seasons, he was named an All-American and won consecutive Pac-10 Conference Championships. He finished fourth in the 2009-2010 NCAA championships.
In his final year at ASU, he mirrored his past two years with a three-peat in conference championships. Then, he went on to accomplish what once seemed a hopeless dream: He defeated Iowa's Matt McDonough in the 125-pound weight class national final.
His college wrestling career now comes to a close with a handful of accolades and a truly happy ending.
Among the awards and recognition, the three-time Pac-10 champion and three-time All-American holds the inspiring story of beating the odds and achieving the unthinkable.
He shows that—as sports fans know but too often doubt—victory can lie in anyone's hands.
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