Mass. special needs wrestler’s dream comes true

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BOSTON, Mass. (WIAT) — “He wanted a match, and I wanted to tangle with him,” said Deven Schuko, wrestler.

Norton High School wrestler Deven Schuko is undefeated- or at least he was, until he took on Andy Howland, a Dighton-Rehoboth High School legend over the weekend.

“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,” said Doug Kelley, Dighton-Rehoboth High School Athletic Director.

“Deven Schuko, he’s a class act,” said Pat Coleman, Norton Wrestling Coach.

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.

“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,” said Coleman.

“If I had to lose to someone, I’d like to lose to Andy,” said Schuko. “It was a win-win in my book. He won, I won.”

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