Farmington boy with cerebral palsy wins first wrestling match

Posted at: 11/27/2013 5:44 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For people with cerebral palsy, getting around, being active can be difficult, and in some cases, impossible.

But one boy in Farmington isn't letting cerebral palsy break his spirit.

Gavin Cox is a typical 12 year-old boy. He likes playing video games, and his favorite sports are football and wrestling.

"It keeps me active and I like wrestling because it’s a contact sport," he said.

Gavin suffers from cerebral palsy, a disease that makes moving around difficult. But Gavin doesn't let that stop him from wrestling. He’s been doing it since he was four.

This year, he started wrestling for Heights Middle School.

Two weeks ago, he hit a big milestone.

During a match with Hermosa Middle School, Gavin was able to pin his opponent and win his first match of the season.

"For my first time on my knees it felt good," he said.

Gavin said he started wrestling on his knees this year because it gives him better balance.

His family says they're proud of him because of what he brings to the mat and the example he sets.

"He never gives up, he always give his all, and tries he doesn't let his difference get in the way or feel sorry for himself," said mom Leslie.

And for Gavin, as long as he's out on the mat, he's a winner.

"To not give up is my goal," he said.