Double Amputee High Schooler Wins State Wrestling Title
When you talk improbable champions, Hassan Hawthorne really ought to be at the top of your list.
Hawthorne, a senior at Pelham High School, in Pelham, Ala., put the finishing touches on an undefeated season by beating Southside-Gadsden’s Landon Thompson to claim the Class 6A, 145-pound title at the AHSAA State Wrestling Championships over the weekend.
Hawthorne’s title comes one year after he finished in third place in the 160-pound division.
There’s some debate over what his final record. AL.com reports he was 37-0, while the video description capturing his final match says 40-0. Either way, it’s an impressive accomplishment, amputee or not.
Hawthorne’s time wrestling is far from over. He told AL.com, “I plan to go to nationals and then in college, but I don’t know where yet.”
Hawthorne, who was born without tibias, lost one leg when he was three months old and the other two years ago.