Boy Loses Wrestling Match To Wrestler With Cerebral Palsy

11:53 AM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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Nashville, TN -- A middle school wrestler from Tennessee is being labeled as a kid with a big heart.

At a recent event, Justin Kievit's coach asked him to lose a match to a competitor from another school, Jared Stevens, who has cerebral palsy.

Video of the 13-year-old's match has gone viral. Jared's dad said, "He would yell at them and scream at them like the other coaches do, and then one day he came forward and said I'd like to get on the mat."

Kievit voluntarily let his opponent pin him, and the crowd erupted in cheers.

Justin said, "Well after I got up and he pinned me, I saw a little smile. He smiled at me, so that was really cool."

Jared's dad said, "He has been saying things like, well, I don't know if I deserve all this attention, and my response to him is, people are looking at you as an example."

Jared says he wants to be everything a normal 13-year-old will be. He's trying to decide whether he wants to pursue a career as a Navy SEAL or a coach of the Tennessee Titans.

Jared is a triplet and got his first taste of wrestling rough-housing with his brothers at home.
He refuses to let let his disability slow him down.


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