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Old 03-20-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
Michael Dowling
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One legged wrestler wins NCAA championship

At first it seemed impossible, but watching Anthony Robles from AZ State wrestle it became clear that missing leg is actually an advantage. He has the upper body of a 185 pounder and he's wrestling 125. He is just too big for 125 pounders to handle. They can't spin around him his wing span and strength is enormous when compared to ther 125 pounders. He really just sits on his one leg making it impossible to shoot and uses his massive upper body to just manhandle the other guy. Interesting how something that would seem like a huge disadvantage would turn into a huge advantage.

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Old 03-20-2011, 12:46 PM   #2
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Re: One legged wrestler wins NCAA championship

There's also a double-amputee who wrestles in a weight class that's far lighter than what he would be otherwise. It takes more than just brute strength to win at higher levels of the sport though- the guy with 1 leg must also have at least a bit of talent and skill to go that far.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:06 AM   #3
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Re: One legged wrestler wins NCAA championship

I'm kind of mixed about this. On the one hand Robles is an amazing inspiration, he seems like an awesome individual and he overcame great diversity to become an amazing athlete. On the other hand, as mentioned he obviously has much greater upper body strength than any other 125 lber, Mcdonough had no chance with any hand battles and couldn't do anything against him. there is zero chance to take him down whatsoever nullifying that aspect of the match. If your strong point is stand up/take downs you are not going to beat this guy. I wouldn't go so far to say this was unfair, awkward, unique a bit bizarre yes. Mcdonough certainly didn't say that, he blamed himself and took repsonsibility like any champion would. He has been beaten in the passed quite a bit acutally, but this year Robles was on top of his game and I salute him for that.
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