Anthony Robles, the Mesa High wrestler born without a right leg, concluded a remarkable sophomore season Saturday by placing sixth in the state at 103 pounds.
Robles had to battle through the consolation bracket to earn a spot as a state placer and earned that opportunity Saturday morning when he beat 5A East Valley Region champion Greg Carbajal, 7-2. Carbajal, a Red Mountain student, had beaten Robles twice before.
Robles took sixth, losing to Jeremie Wilson of Phoenix Goldwater.
‘‘To be fifth or sixth, I feel pretty good about that,’’ Robles said. ‘‘I was just happy to beat (Carbajal) once.’’
Robles scored a takedown and added back points to break a 2-2 tie in the third period against Carbajal. Carbajal handily beat Robles 9-2 on Feb. 4. ‘‘We made some technical changes with him, and he did a nice job,’’ Mesa assistant coach Dave DiDomenico said. ‘‘(Robles) is very coachable, and he showed that today. The first two times, it was all Carbajal. The 103-pound class has seven or eight real good wrestlers. For him to break into that group his first year is quite an accomplishment.’’
Robles finished the season 38-14.
He won his first match of the state tournament by pinning Anthony Morice of Glendale Ironwood but was sent to the consolation bracket by Jessy Torres of Laveen Cesar Chavez after absorbing a 16-3 loss.
He stayed alive by scoring a major decision against Drew Morales of Tucson Salpointe, 13-0. He pinned Walon Pierce of Marcos de Niza and then beat Carbajal to clinch a placing spot. His chance to finish third was doused by Gilbert’s Adrian Rios, 16-5.