#70SportWays (59): Anthony Robles, the unstoppable wrestler
Anthony Robles’ story is absolutely remarkable. Though he was born with only one leg, he has always refused to wear a prosthetic limb. He endeavored to work around his missing leg, strengthening his body with various exercises. When Robles was in the sixth grade, he set a record for the most pushups by a member of his school. He began wrestling in the eighth grade, joining in while watching one of his older cousins practice. Robles excelled at wrestling and even earned a scholarship to Arizona State University.
He started his collegiate wrestling career in 2007–08, where he was nationally ranked and finished the year with a record of 25–11, falling just short of being named as an All-American. In his second competitive year as a collegiate wrestler (2008–2009), Robles earned All-American Honors, finishing the year 29–8, winning the Pacific-10 Conference Championship at 125 pounds and finishing fourth in the NCAA Championship’s 125 pound weight class tournament. In 2009–10, Robles again earned All-American honors, finishing seventh in the NCAA 125 pound weight class, going 32–4 on the season, and repeating as the Pac-10 125 pound wrestling champion.
In Robles’ final year of eligibility (2010–11), he went undefeated, going 36–0 on the year, becoming a three-time Pac-10 champion. For his efforts, Robles was voted the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. Robles concluded his Arizona State wrestling career with a record of 122–23, a three-time Pac-10 wrestling champion as well as a three-time All-American. Robles ranks 8th for most match wins by an Arizona State wrestler.