Sometimes publicity or lack thereof can get in the way of recognizing a true athlete. After all, those that are truly passionate about their sport as well as working hard on their skills by devoting time and patience while pushing through the physical pain and mental anguish are authentic athletes. In fact, some of the very skilled athletes get recognized at a young age before making a career in a professional sport but not before proving to everyone that they deserve to be there.
This brings me to an athlete named Hassan Hawthorne. Hassan is currently an undefeated high school wrestler at Pelham High School in Huntsville, Alabama. During his previous season, he placed third with a 160 and was projected for a remarkable season during his senior year. It is not Hassan’s remarkable talents that make him only stand out, but it’s his inspiring journey that is capturing sports fans everywhere. Hassan Hawthorne was born without tibias in both of his legs. His fibulas were formed without muscles and nerves causing a double amputation before he was three months old. Although he walks on man-made limbs, he wrestles without them.
Currently in his senior year, he is two victories away from being a state champion. He won his semifinal match against senior Javan Cortez 9-4 to reach Saturday’s 145 pound 6A final.
Below is the extraordinary match resulting in Hassan Hawthorne’s victory:
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