Arizona State legend Anthony Robles reflects on first season as Mesa High wrestling coach

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Coach Anthony Robles (left), with members of the Mesa High School girls wrestling team.

Anthony Robles’ first season as head wrestling coach at Mesa High School left him hungry to accomplish even more at the school where he once wrestled before earning national attention at Arizona State.

Robles, 34, is a Mesa High alumnus who became one of the nation’s best college wrestlers at ASU, despite being born with only one leg.

At Mesa High, Robles won state individual championships his junior and senior years, going 96-0 combined those two seasons.

While at ASU, Robles won the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the 2011 NCAA tournament, where he was the individual champion in the 125-pound class. He went undefeated in his senior year in 2011 and was named a three-time NCAA All-American (2009-2011) while at ASU. Robles also received other notable accolades such as the Jimmy “V” award for perseverance, and the Best Male Athlete with a Disability at the 2011 ESPYS.

Coach Athony Robles (right) with members of the Mesa High School wrestling team.

Now, Robles, who was a volunteer coach for the Sun Devils after he graduated, has returned to where it all started. He was the freshmen coach at Mesa in the 2021-22 season, and this season was his first as head coach of the program, comprised of both boys and girls who wrestle under Arizona Interscholastic Association sanctioned competition.

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