Anthony Robles always knew he wanted to become a wrestler. Born without his right leg, the odds were stacked against him. But his mother told him he could do whatever he wanted to in life, or in his words, be “unstoppable.”
“My mom raised me with my head in the clouds, so I believed I could do anything I set my mind to,” recalls Robles. “This way of thinking compelled me to walk onto the Arizona State University wrestling team to prove to them, and the world, anything was possible.”
His wrestling career was fraught with challenges. When he was 14, he tried out for his high school team. “My first year was horrible. I was the smallest kid on the team weighing in at a whopping 90 pounds and without question, the worst wrestler ...”
He went from being last in the city to finishing his junior and senior years at Mesa High School with a 96-0 record, a two-time Arizona State Champion and a high school National Champion.
At ASU, Robles was a three-time All-American and the 2011 NCAA National Champion and a Nike-sponsored athlete. He served four years on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, was a two-time ESPY Award recipient — including the prestigious Jimmy V Award for Perseverance — and was a 2012 Inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and a 2017 inductee into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. For nine years Robles has been the leading wrestling analyst for ESPN and since 2015 for the Pac-12 Network.