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Video: Undefeated HS wrestler gives up undefeated record to kid with Down Syndrome

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Deven Schuko of Norton High School in Massachusetts is one of the best high school wrestlers in the state. He has a perfect 27-0 record at the varsity level and will likely land at a top-tier college.

Later this year, he will enter the state tournament as the favorite to take home the championship. Schuko will also enter the tournament with one loss at the JV level because of his humility and generosity.

Norton recently took on Dighton-Rehoboth Regional at an event and Schuko took the opportunity to make one of his opponents happy. He asked Andy Rowland, a wrestler from the opposing school who also has Down Syndrome, if he wanted to have a match.

Rowland gladly accepted and Schuko went into the match knowing he would lose. He threw the match, taking he first loss of the season.

“I’ve been in sports all my life and wrestling I believe is most demanding,” Schuko told Boston CBS affiliate WBZ. “For someone like Andy to wrestle and stick with it, I wanted to make his day. … It’s humbling I guess and pretty cool for all the attention for a simple act of kindness.”

This is easily one of the coolest things you will see when it comes to high school kids. It shows that Schuko knows that all sports are just that and sometimes there are things much bigger than the mat.

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