On Wednesday October 17th, Anthony Robles visited the Beat the Streets Manhattan Training Center to speak to our wrestlers and other guests. Anthony was a 3x All-American at Arizona State University, concluding his career in 2011 by going undefeated and winning the 125-pound NCAA Title and Outstanding Wrestler Honors at the NCAA Championships. This would be an amazing accomplishment for any wrestler, but is even more impressive when you consider that Anthony was born with only one leg.
Since his graduation from ASU, Anthony has toured the country working as a motivational speaker and is now promoting his book, Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion.
Following his talk, I was able to catch up with many of the wrestlers who Anthony spoke to, and it was clear that he had a profound impact on them.
“He really taught me a lot on how I can improve both mentally and physically.”
- Adam Gomez, Benjamin Cardozo High, PSAL
“It was an extremely interesting experience seeing someone who's been so successful with such a disability.”
- Cedrick Stephens, Wingate, PSAL
“He gave a lot of good advice and was very motivational. I’m definitely going to apply a lot of the things he taught.”
- Patryk Kopczynski, Hunter College, Brooklyn Tech Alum
“Meeting Anthony was extremely motivating and will help me take my training up a notch as I prepare for the season.”
- Lance Perlmutter, Hendrick Hudson HS, Section 1
“He makes you realize that any dreams you have are possible.”
- Josh Perlmutter, Hendrick Hudson, Section 1
“We both started when we were 15, and while I win some and lose some, I want to be a state champ. From talking to Anthony, I realize to achieve my goals I must wrestle with the best people.”
- Alpha Diallo, Brooklyn International, PSAL
“Anthony taught me that no matter who you are, you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
- Dylan Ebanks, 8th Grade, MAT
“He taught me to never stop wrestling and never stop working toward my goals.”
- Max Ebanks, 5th Grade, MAT
“I thought it was really cool because I’ve always dreamed of meeting him in person. I’ve always been inspired by his determination and hard work.”
- Caiden Brouwer , 6th Grade, Park Ridge, NJ
“He’s amazing, he inspires me. Wrestling is my favorite sport and I want to win states.”
- Kenny Brouwer, 3rd Grade, Park Ridge, NJ
After the event, Anthony shared some thoughts on what it meant to him to meet the Beat the Streets wrestlers:
“It was an awesome experience for me. Looking at myself, I kinda saw myself 10 years ago when I started wrestling, up and coming, hungry for being the best. Wrestling’s given me so much and I want to give back. There were a lot of guys that I looked up to going through my journey who I felt like I wanted to be like, for me to be that guy now, it’s an honor, and I just want to help one kid out like Cael Sanderson helped me. When I went up to him and shook his hand and got his autograph, it changed my life. So now if I can do that for someone, that’s what it’s all about. Getting there, then turning around and helping someone else get there.”
BTS would like to thank Anthony for coming to New York and helping inspire many of our wrestlers to get to the next level.