A high school wrestler from St Paul, Minnesota, is wowing opponents across the country but not just with his physical strength and will-power – he also doesn’t have arms or legs.
120-pound wrestler Caleb Smith was born with a rare blood disease which forced his parents to make the agonizing decision to amputate his arms below the elbows and legs below the knees when he was just three.
But rather than letting his disability define him, the teenager decided to do something everyone else doubted he’d be able to cope with – wrestling.
In Fifth Grade, it was that can-do attitude which encouraged him to take part in his first match.
This year he won his first bout for Harding High School. And he’s using his physique to help him have the competitive edge.
He can move much better than his opponents and has led his school team in escapes this year.
He is also more easily tired than his opponents but he trains relentlessly to try and overcome the physical challenges of the sport.
High school coach Otto Kraus said both his sporting promise and his inspirational story make him a joy to work with. (Source)