ASU Wrestler Wins NCAA Title—With 1 Leg

Anthony Robles was born without right leg
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2011 11:59 AM CDT
Anthony Robles, ASU Wrestler With One Leg, Wins NCAA Title
Arizona State's Anthony Robles, right, poses after beating Iowa's Matt McDonough in their 125-pound finals match, Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The NCAA may be better associated with madness in March, but it was all inspiration last night as Anthony Robles, an Arizona State University wrestler born without a right leg, snagged an NCAA title in what he says is the final match of his life. The 125-pounder took a 7-1 decision from Iowa's Matt McDonough, reports AZCentral, and rose to a standing ovation. "I had a lot of butterflies going out there," but after his first takedown, he says it was "back to business."

Robles has a bigger torso than most in his weight class, and because he can't wrestle standing, he forces opponents to stay low. He says that though he wrestles for love of the sport, it still "inspires me when I get kids, even adults, who write me on Facebook or send me letters in the mail just saying that I've inspired them, and they look up to me, and they're motivated to do things that other people wouldn't have thought possible." (More wrestling stories.)

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