High School Student With No Arms Or Legs Wins Wrestling Match

Posted By Urban News Hour | March 7, 2013

He may have no arms or legs, but this high school wrestler is still a force to reckon with.

Caleb Smith proved he can defy his disability after recently winning his first bout for Harding High School in St. Paul, Minn.

The 120-pound athlete said, despite tiring more easily than his opponents, he can move much better than them.

And the freshman revealed that, through his relentless training schedule, he one day hopes to captain his team.

Smith had to have his arms amputated below the elbows and his legs below the knees after contracting a rare blood disease when he was just 3 years old.

“It’s kind of like a form of meningitis, except that when you get it, it burns your blood vessels,” Smith told CBS.

But despite the cruel setback, Smith has an incredible enthusiasm for the sport, adding: “If you see yourself as not being able to do something, at least you should try and do it.”

Coach Otto Kraus said Smith was “an inspiration” and a “joy to work with,” adding that “the way he can move makes it hard to wrestle him.”

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