On Friday we wrote about Arizona State’s one-legged wrestler Anthony Robles who was the top seed in 125-pound weight class for the NCAA wrestling tournament. As of early Friday, Robles had won his quarterfinals match improving to 34-0. Later that day he beat Ben Kjar of Utah Valley in the semis, and on Saturday he defeated Matt McDonough of Iowa in the finals.
Robles entered the tournament as the top seed and finished the way he started — ranked first in the country. The tournament run punctuated Robles’ 36-0 perfect season and gave him the elusive national title he had been seeking.
Robles finished 4th in the NCAA tournament in his sophomore season and took a step back last season finishing 7th. He elevated his game in the off-season and came into the championships prepared to seize the moment. “I’ve dreamed about stepping on that stage a dozen times, and this whole year I’ve just been preparing for that moment,” Robles said. He admitted he “was scared out there, but as soon as I hit that first takedown, I sort of relaxed.”