Bro Move: Undefeated HS Wrestler Throws Match, Lets Athlete With Down Syndrome Pin Him
Deven Schuko was 28-0 this season going into the match. He’s co-captain of Massachusetts’s Norton High Wrestling Team, and he just threw a match by letting an opponent pin him. Under any other circumstances throwing a match might be controversial, but in this instance it was a bro-as-fuck move because the athlete Deven Schuko let pin him has Down Syndrome, and it made for an incredibly touching moment between that athlete and his family.
Andre Vergara of The Buzzer has the story:
“He wanted a match, and I wanted to tangle with him,” Schuko told WCVB. “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’s right, that was a win-win, and it took some amazing foresight on his part to recognize that. A perfect win-loss record is awesome, but Deven wasn’t thinking about the numbers, he was just being a good human being.
Here’s what the Norton High wrestling coach has to say about Deven’s decision to let the other wrestler win the match, via WCVB:
“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,” Dighton-Rehoboth High School Athletic Director Doug Kelley said.
“Deven Schuko, he’s a class act,” Norton wrestling coach Pat Coleman said.
A top-ranked wrestler, Schuko is also a Lancer co-captain and is known for his leadership skills, so when Andy Howland came looking to compete, Schuko never hesitated.
“He threw in a good move,” Schuko said. “He was strong. He’s a tough kid.”
It was actually one of those quiet moments. It came on without fanfare, but an alert parent began to record the match, knowing it was a matchup worth remembering.
Such a bro move by Deven. The world needs more stories like this, someone seeing an opportunity to make a moment special and seizing that opportunity.