Undefeated High School Wrestler Lets Opponent with Down Syndrome Win (Video)

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When Norton High School wrestling captain Deven Schuko stepped out on the mat to face Andy Howland of Rehoboth Regional High, he wasn’t just number one in his weight class in the state of Massachusetts. He was an impressive 27-0 and had recently won the 100th match of his high school career.

That’s what makes what transpired so amazing. Andy Howland has Down syndrome, and there was no way he was going to beat Schuko. But Schuko admired Howland’s hard work and dedication to the sport he loved, and he wanted to give him a moment he’d never forget. So Schuko offered Howland a match, and then he allowed Howland to take him down.

Take a look:

This is a video of what a team captain and leader looks like. Devin Schuko, a senior with a 27-0 record this year, a young man who earned his 100th career win a few days ago to join the century club at NHS, took the time to make a dream come true for young wrestler with special needs from Dighton Rehoboth’s team. So proud to have witnessed this. Truly a special young man.. Thank you Schuko!

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“We shook hands and we locked up and he was a tough kid and he bulldogged me over to my back. I couldn’t stop the power,” Schuko later told CBS Boston. “I’ve been in sports all my life and wrestling I believe is most demanding and for someone like Andy to wrestle and stick with it, I wanted to make his day.”

Of course, Schuko didn’t just make Andy’s day. With his act of selfless sportsmanship, I’m pretty sure he made everyone’s day.

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