This is a video of what a team captain and leader looks like. Devin Schuko, a senior with a 27-0 record this year, a young man who earned his 100th career win a few days ago to join the century club at NHS, took the time to make a dream come true for young wrestler with special needs from Dighton Rehoboth’s team. So proud to have witnessed this. Truly a special young man.. Thank you Schuko!
Posted by Anthony Pucino on Sunday, January 24, 2016
Wrestler Deven Schuko has won every single one of his 27 matches this year. He stood undefeated…that is until he walked onto the mat to face Andy Howland, a wrestler with Down Syndrome.
As the wrestling stud from Norton High School in Massachusetts locked arms with Andy, he did something pretty amazing: he let him win.
He wanted to make his opponent’s dreams come true, and he certainly did just that. Andy walked off the mat with a face that said “I’m king of the world,” and for Deven, it was worth every second.
“I’ve been in sports all my life and wrestling I believe is most demanding and for someone like Andy to wrestle and stick with it, I wanted to make his day,” he told CBS Local.
Anthony Pucino’s son wrestles with Deven, and he just so happened to catch the whole thing on tape. Since he shared it on Facebook earlier this week, the touching video has gone viral.
“It didn’t technically count but Andy gets bragging rights to beating the best there is,” Pucino told INSIDE EDITION. “The crowd was elated and gave the boys a standing ovation.”
The beautiful act of sportsmanship was so moving it brought Pucino to tears. “They wrestled with heart,” he said. “Great kids and I’m glad I was a part of it!”