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One-legged wrestler inspires NCAA Wrestling Tournament

3/20/09 in HS Wrestling   |   frenchy62   |   3 respect

Anthony Robles is a sophomore at Arizona State University, where he wrestles in the 125-pound weight class. He advanced to the semi-finals in his weight before losing to the number 1 seed. His record for the season is now 28-7, and he still can finish as high as third place. He has already assured himself of All-American status.

This, despite that Anthony Robles has only one leg. He was born without a right leg, and uses crutches anytime he is not wrestling. He compensates for his missing limb with outstanding upper body strength.

In a sporting world which seems to have its share of crybabies and prima donnas, it's refreshing to know that truly inspiring athletes such as Anthony Robles are still out there.

           http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/2009-03-20-anthony-robles-wrestling-semifinals_N.htm


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3/5/10   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

jtrain11 wrote:
On the concrete?  That's pretty hardcore.  There must of been a stable of bandaids available.

it didn't last long, and it wasn't any takedowns but yeah, it hurt...you can bet not a single person's knees stayed on the ground for more then a second.

3/5/10   |   jtrain11   |   188 respect

hapkido_warrior wrote:
Yes, that is one thing my coach drilled into our heads over and over..NEVER be on your knees, he made us wrestle outside on the concrete when people kept wrestling off their knees. You have no offense or any real way of defending yourself when your on your knees, you wanna change your level and drop low but never ever be on your knees. Thats why he's so impressive, the only way i imagine he can be so great is by being insanely offensive and relentless and taking advantage of his larger upper body strength.

On the concrete?  That's pretty hardcore.  There must of been a stable of bandaids available.

3/4/10   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

jtrain11 wrote:
Have you ever wrestled with someone who wrestles on their knees?  I have.  It's nearly impossible to get a good shot on a person who is that low of a wrestling base.  You almost have to be defensive to a fault.  As far as being in the top position, you'd have to have the advantage.  Realistically, if you have any kind of mat skills, you'd be able to break him down on that side far easier than you would a two-legged person.  You're right, how would you escape with one leg.  I watched him wrestle last year at the NCAA's, really impressive!  He's a lot stronger than most 25lbers.  In that picture, he's actually wrestling a friend of my family, Brandon Precin, goes to Northwestern.  Brandon said Robles is the toughest guy he has wrestled in his whole career because Robles is so low to the ground and very awkward.  I give Robles a lot of credit and much respect.

Yes, that is one thing my coach drilled into our heads over and over..NEVER be on your knees, he made us wrestle outside on the concrete when people kept wrestling off their knees. You have no offense or any real way of defending yourself when your on your knees, you wanna change your level and drop low but never ever be on your knees. Thats why he's so impressive, the only way i imagine he can be so great is by being insanely offensive and relentless and taking advantage of his larger upper body strength.

3/4/10   |   jtrain11   |   188 respect

hapkido_warrior wrote:

I think shooting and sprawling effectively...not to mention how that has gotta change his whole top and bottom game..i don't know how you would even escape with one leg, those are bigger problems then a low center of gravity would be...thats where you want you center of gravity to be. His overcoming those problems by using his own techniques and overall relentlessness is far more impressive.

Have you ever wrestled with someone who wrestles on their knees?  I have.  It's nearly impossible to get a good shot on a person who is that low of a wrestling base.  You almost have to be defensive to a fault.  As far as being in the top position, you'd have to have the advantage.  Realistically, if you have any kind of mat skills, you'd be able to break him down on that side far easier than you would a two-legged person.  You're right, how would you escape with one leg.  I watched him wrestle last year at the NCAA's, really impressive!  He's a lot stronger than most 25lbers.  In that picture, he's actually wrestling a friend of my family, Brandon Precin, goes to Northwestern.  Brandon said Robles is the toughest guy he has wrestled in his whole career because Robles is so low to the ground and very awkward.  I give Robles a lot of credit and much respect.

3/4/10   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

jtrain11 wrote:
Obviously tough to wrestle with such a low center of gravity.  Good wrestler nonetheless

I think shooting and sprawling effectively...not to mention how that has gotta change his whole top and bottom game..i don't know how you would even escape with one leg, those are bigger problems then a low center of gravity would be...thats where you want you center of gravity to be. His overcoming those problems by using his own techniques and overall relentlessness is far more impressive.

2/9/10   |   jtrain11   |   188 respect

Obviously tough to wrestle with such a low center of gravity.  Good wrestler nonetheless

6/11/09   |   nagarajachozhan

oho

6/4/09   |   donaven84

if its true love noone can take it away from you

6/4/09   |   mrsfartyparty

What do you think I am going to have to do to get my crazy family to stop chasing my love away from me?

3/22/09   |   SilentWarrior

Just goes to show ya,anyone can do anything they set their mind to..so go do it!!!

3/21/09   |   Kingpure

WOW 125-pound weight class