Anthony Robles Update

Anthony Robles was featured on this blog in early 2009. If you are not familiar with his story, you may wish to start with by reviewing the original entry. The abbreviated version is that he is a collegiate wrestler who competes despite having just one leg.

In the two years since he was mentioned here, he’s been wrestling all along. Last night, Anthony Robles won the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships. In addition to his dominant championship performance, Anthony was also named the outstanding wrestler of the entire tournament. The award is a fitting conclusion to an outstanding year. Anthony remained unbeaten with a remarkable 36-0 record.

Below is a quick recap of his championship:

You can also hear from him in more detail through the following press conference footage.


“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

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  1. This is in no way a criticism of his accomplishment, but can anyone clarify to me what the grounds are RE: weight classes and missing limbs?

    In some sport there are weight penalties made for competitors with missing limbs (Sometimes up to 10% I’ve seen!), so does this apply to wrestling?

    What I am saying is, without a full leg, which could be as much as 15% of typical muscular bodyweight – weight which could be ‘spent’ on the upper body, etc.

  2. Careful Will, I was taken to task for mentioning something similar with regards to a legless wrestler last year. 😉

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