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Robles Shares His Story With KELOLAND Athletes

June 12, 2011, 10:20 AM by Matt Haron

Robles Shares His Story With KELOLAND Athletes
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Anthony Robles always has a smile on his face. But what would you expect from a National Champion who didn't start wrestling until age fourteen, and has been through all that he has.

"My older cousin was a wrestler, and I didn't really like the sport, initially. But one day he made me do it and he volunteered me to practice and I just fell in love with it," Robles said.

Robles recently won the 125-pound national championship to finish off an undefeated senior year at Arizona State, and he did it all on one leg. He was born without his right leg, but that didn't stop him from accomplishing his dream.

"I had thought about it constantly, leading up to that moment, all year. But just getting there it was what I expected, plus that much more. It was amazing. I was terrified out there, but luckily it went my way," Robles said.

As the special guest at Hy-Vee Sanford Legends Wrestling Camp, Robles taught the kids some new moves and shared his message with the athletes in the Midwest.

"There's a lot of people in the world that tell you you can't do things, you can't do this, you can't do that. You don't have to listen to those voices, you don't have to listen to that negativity. And that's what I want to show these kids. We all have our own obstacles, we all have our own disabilities but that doesn't have to hold you back in your life," Robles said.

Not only did Robles win the national title, but he was also nominated for a 2006 ESPY and he's hearing rumors that he may be nominated again in 2011.

"Just to be around so many high-caliber athletes, it was a great experience for me. And I'm excited to hopefully go back this coming ESPY's," Robles said.

Robles hopes to continue his travels as he plans to become a motivational speaker along with coaching.

"I've had so many people in my life that have supported me and I want to be that support for somebody else. So if I can help someone in the same way, then it's all worth it," Robles said.

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