Teen Wrestler With Down Syndrome Tackles Opponent To The Ground To Win His First Match Ever

by Jess Butler
Jess is a curly-haired Jersey girl who adores penguins and watches the worst reality shows on TV.

When a 15-year-old with Down syndrome named Grant Fehlhafer walked onto the mat, he wowed the crowd with his swift moves and determination to win.

Want to know the best part? This was the high school freshman’s first wrestling match!

On February 10, 2018, Grant’s mom, Caroline Schwehr Fehlhafer, made a post on Facebook about her son with Down syndrome and his shining moment.

In the paragraph, she wrote: “This has been an amazing year being apart of the wrestling team. These boys show compassion to Grant every day. Today at district wrestling a young man, Austin Middleton, Ralston. [He showed] true character.”

Austin, a wrestler from Ralston High School, had just lost his own match along with his chances of going to state. Then, he spotted Grant and asked the teen’s Seward High School coach for permission to wrestle him — and the rest is history!

In the video below, Grant squares up his opponent and the match begins. Both students put up a good fight, but in the end, Grant tackles Austin to the ground in front of the massive crowd watching over them.

Grant really proved that Down syndrome will never define him.

Check out the entire wrestling match in the video below, and please SHARE if you think Grant did an amazing job against his opponent!

Photos: Facebook 1, 2 / Caroline Schwehr Fehlhafer

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