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Anthony Robles Finishes Season as National Champion with 36-0 Record

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.”

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Arizona State Wrestler Anthony Robles Dominates on One Leg

Arizona State wrestler Anthony Robles is proving you can be a competitive and successful athlete regardless of anatomical issues. The 5’8″ senior from Mesa Arizona is a two-time All American and three-time All Pac-10 wrestler at 125 pounds despite having just one leg. He’s reached the semifinals of the NCAA tournament after beating Steven Keith of Harvard 15-0 on Thursday in the Round of 16 and Oklahoma’s Jarrod Patterson 9-3 earlier on Friday in the quarterfinals. He’s set to face Ben Kjvar of Utah Valley in his next match while the championship match is scheduled for Saturday.

Robles entered the tournament as the top seed in his weight class and has improved his record to 35-0. The two-time state champion in high school looks to add the title of national champion to his resume to close out his career. He has 120 career wins which places him 8th on Arizona State’s all-time wins list, and his 31 bonus point victories on the season helped him surpass UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velazquez’s record of 30.

UPDATED: Anthony Robles wins the 125-pound division

Robles is able to maintain a low stance on the mat and he uses it to successfully shoot and pin his opponents. Off the mat, he uses crutches to get around. He has exceptional upper body strength, and some people feel that the lack of a leg has allowed him to weigh more and be stronger than the rest of his competition in the upper body, actually serving as an advantage.

To see Robles in action, check out this video from the Pac-10 Championships:

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