Adonis Lattimore, a Virginia high school senior who was born with no right leg and a left leg that ends at the middle of his thigh, won a state wrestling championship.
“Really if you work hard, you can do anything, even win a state championship without legs,” Adonis Lattimore said Saturday, after placing first in the Virginia High School League Class 6, 106-pound weight class at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that the whole crowd, including Landstowne High School Eagles coach James Sanderin, were cheering wildly. Lattimore, who also has just one finger on his right hand, used this as motivation to help him defeat his opponent in the final seconds.
“Amazing,” Sanderling said. “He did all the work. I just got to be a part of the journey. It’s an amazing feeling to watch him do it and have the support of the crowd. It was awesome. He’s a hard-working young man. I’m just speechless.”
Lattimore was a region qualifier as a freshman and missed the region tournament as a sophomore. The coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of wrestling last year. Lattimore improved to 32-7 this season.
“I’ve been dreaming of this since I knew what it was, and to finally have it happen is just, I don’t know how to explain it,” Lattimore said.
Article by: Chris Steele, iHearts143Quotes Team member