Deven Schuko: Wrestler Dumps Record, And Gives Student With Down Syndrome A Big Win

January 29, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Deven Schuko, a wrestler and a great human being, is being applauded for giving his opponent the victory. Schuko, who was undefeated, let Andy Howland, a teenage wrestler with Down syndrome win and have a moment in the spotlight.

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Deven Schuko, a wrestler and a kind young man from Massachusetts, is making headlines for a beautiful gesture he made towards another student. Over the weekend, friends, family members, and students gathered at Norton High School in Norton, Massachusetts for a wrestling match.

Deven Schuko is the captain of the Norton High School wrestling team, he is 27-0 this year, and he recently earned his 100th career victory. Andy Howland, a Dighton-Rehoboth High School wrestler with Down syndrome, who loves to smile, was brave enough to challenge Schuko, and he accepted. Schuko said:

“He wanted a match, and I wanted to tangle with him.”

Schuko, the undefeated captain, faced off the student with special needs and gave his opponent a victory he will never forget. The local high school wrestling match was filmed, and the video is going viral, and thousands of people are praising the athlete with a big heart.

Dighton-Rehoboth High School Athletic Director Doug Kelley said after the match:

“When you get a story like this, and a fine young man like Deven can step up and wrestle our Andy Howland, you know, he’s in for a tussle.”

Norton wrestling coach Pat Coleman added:

“Deven Schuko, he’s a class act. Deven has a natural respect for any wrestler, such as Andy, and I think Deven just proved there that it’s never wrong to do the right thing,”

Schuko, who is also a Lancer co-captain, explained that when Howland came looking to compete, he did not hesitate, and he was happy to have his perfect record demolished by him. Schuko said:

“He threw in a good move. He was strong. He’s a tough kid. If I had to lose to someone, I’d like to lose to Andy. It was a win-win in my book. He won, I won.”

He added:

“It’s humbling I guess and pretty cool for all the attention for a simple act of kindness.”

Howland, who has been competing for over seven years, says he fights with a smile because Jesus Christ is always with him.

What are your thoughts on wrestler Deven Schuko’s sportsmanship?

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    1. Darly says:

      Clean win Andy; Deven, not your day, or maybe it is a WIN-WIN 😉 Could go the other way in a rematch, both fine wrestlers, good for the sport.

    2. Tomas the rhymer says:

      Give both these fine young men scholarships!

    3. Tomas the rhymer says:

      There are many many fine young people. I wish we could get more stories about these good youngsters.

    4. Don Schneider says:

      Good ! Very Good. There are things more important than records !

    5. j. porter says:

      Deven is a hell of a great kid – he’ll be a great man. His parents should be proud of him.
      Andy is an inspiration.

    6. Patti Clatterbuck says:

      Awesome! Very Fine Young Men They Have There. The World Needs More of Them! God Bless Them All!

    7. tk1 says:

      Both these boys show what it takes to be a champion. It is never measured with wins and losses. Winning is a consequence of their champion spirit.

      “Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them-a desire, a dream, a vision.”
      ― Mahatma Gandhi

      Sometimes you can be a champion even when you lose.


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