One-Leg wonder rocks wrestling nation
Arizona State University Anthony Robles was born with one leg. It made no difference when he won the NCAA title for 125 lbs., Sat Mar 19. He rocked Iowa sophomore Matt McDonough 7-1; McDonough was the reigning champion. He dropped his prosthetic limb at the tender of three, and starting wrestling in junior high school. In his Junior and Senior years at Mesa High School he drew up a 46-0 record. He was always impressive and exceeded expectations. Robles said that it was his final match, and he plans to pursue a career in public speaking. Watch the full final match right here!
“I had a lot of butterflies going out there. I’ve dreamt about stepping on that stage a dozen times, and this whole year I’ve just been preparing for that moment,” Robles told the Daily Iowan. “I was scared. I was scared out there, but as soon as I hit that first takedown, I sort of relaxed.”
“First time wrestling a tough opponent like that, it’s quite obvious there’s a difference in style of someone that has one leg and a large upper body as opposed to anyone else in the country,” said McDonough, who will return as the nation’s top wrestler next year. “It’s definitely not an experience to take lightly…”
“It inspires me when I get kids, even adults, who write me on Facebook and send me letters in the mail saying that I’ve inspired them,” Robles told USA Today.“I want to keep it up.” (quotes, info from full article courtesy afro.com)