INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis middle school student with cerebral palsy got the chance to show what he’s got on the wrestling mat last week.
Seventh grader Austin Freeman is normally limited in what he can do with the wrestling team at Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center, but the team recently arranged for him to practice with them.
On Tuesday, Austin finally got the chance he's been waiting for. The team arranged for him to take part in an actual match during Lynhurst’s last home meet of the season.
Austin wrestled against a schoolmate named Deisel and he won!
“It was an awesome thing to witness,” Athletic Director Andrew Aspaas told USA Today, “Thanks to our coaches, athletic trainer and school nurse, we were able to make it happen for this student.”
Aspaas says the seventh grader is a popular figure both on and off the mat, with many rallying around him.
Austin’s mom, Audrey, told FOX59 that her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy right before he turned two, he was then diagnosed with stage four cancer at the age of three. He's been cancer free for nine year now, but chemo and radiation caused some hearing loss and chronic kidney disease.
Audrey says Austin hasn’t let these tribulations slow him down. She says her son inspires her every day.
“I see him and it makes me realize not to give up no matter what I am going through,” she said. “He inspires me to do my best and to not let anything get in my way. He teaches everyone to enjoy life and don't take it so seriously all the time.”