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How did a one-legged wrestler win a national championship against wrestlers without physcial disabilities? 

When I read the story below I wondered how it was possible. Disabled people can do amazing things – we have seen several talented disabled musicians on the new TV show Thailand's got talent for example – but they normally can't compete with people without disabilities.

Anthony Robles can.  Read to find out what he did and try to imagine how he did it. Then, check out the youtube videos I link to at the end to learn more.

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One-legged wrestler wins college title

PHILADELPHIA: Anthony Robles, born without a right leg, won the US national collegiate wrestling title at 125 pounds on Saturday, completing an unbeaten senior season and an amazing tale.

The 22-year-old Arizona State University standout defeated defending champion Matt McDonough from the University of Iowa 7-1 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association final to close out a 36-0 season.

‘‘I had a lot of butterflies going out there,’’ Robles said. ‘‘I have dreamed about stepping on that stage a dozen times and this whole year I’ve just been preparing for that moment.

‘‘And I was scared. I was scared out there, but as soon as I hit that first takedown I sort of relaxed. I said, ‘OK, back to business, just like every other match.’’’

An early takedown and back points put Robles ahead to stay in the first period. McDonough scored in the final period but it was too little and too late, and after the end a sellout crowd of 17,000 gave Robles a standing ovation.

Robles has built his upper body strength and typically forces foes to stay low on the mat to try and defeat him.

He does not see himself as a wrestler with a disability, just as a wrestler, and now as a champion.

‘‘I didn’t get into the sport for the attention. I wrestle because I love wrestling,’’ Robles said. AFP

Here are two videos featuring Anthony Robles:

wrestling – a sport in which two people fight by holding each other in special positions and throwing each other กีฬามวยปล้ำ
wonder – to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it สงสัย
disabled – having a condition, especially a physical one, that limits your activities in some way พิการ
talent – a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught ความสามารถพิเศษ
imagine – to form a picture of something or someone in your mind นึกคิด, จินตนาการ, นึกฝัน
title – the position of a winner in a sports competition  ตำแหน่งแชมป์
collegiate – relating to a college or its students วิทยาลัยหรือมหาวิทยาลัย
unbeaten – not having lost in a single competition ไม่เคยแพ้
senior – the final year of high school or university นักศึกษาชั้นปีสุดท้าย
tale – story เรื่องเล่า
standout – a person or thing that is very noticeable because they are or it is better, more impressive, etc. than others in a group  ผู้ยอดเยี่ยม
defending champion – a player or team who won a competition the previous time it was held ผู้ชนะเลิศครั้งก่อน
butterflies – to have a nervous feeling in your stomach before doing something ความตื่นกลัว
scared – frightened, or worried ตระหนก, ตกใจ, หวาด, ผวา
takedown – a move in which a wrestler quickly gets his/her opponent down to the floor from a standing position
period – one of the timed parts that a competition is divided into
sellout crowd – a sports match, play, concert, etc. where all the tickets have been sold การแสดงที่ตั๋วนั่งถูกจำหน่ายหมด,
ovation – enthusiastic clapping by an audience as a sign of their approval การปรบมือให้อย่างดังและนาน
foe – an enemy or opponent ศัตรู
defeat – to win a victory over someone in a fight, war or competition ชนะ, ปราบ
attention – interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc ความสนใจ

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