Hats off to Deven Schuko, the undefeated wrestler from Norton High School who showed true sportsmanship when he lost his match to Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School wrestler Andy Howland – who has Down Syndrome.
Schuko, who was 27 – 0 on the year, had just celebrated his 100th wrestling match victory and is the top ranked wrestler in Massachusetts in his weight class, gave Andy Howland the gift of a lifetime. Howland pinned the undefeated Schuko in just a matter of seconds (watch the video above.)
“We shook hands, and we locked up, and he was a tough kid. And he bulldogged me over to my back. I couldn’t stop the power,” Schuko told Boston’s WBZ-TV. “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.”
Anothony Pucino who recorded the video included this caption on his Facebook post: ”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!”