Double Amputee High School Wrestler Wins State Title

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Double Amputee Hasaan Hawthorne Wins Alabama State Wrestling Championship 2016
This is a human interest story and a testament to the human spirit, the will to persevere, and to personal courage.

On February 19 2016, Hasaan Hawthorne from Pelham High School in Pelham, Alabama finished a perfect 40-0 wrestling season by winning the Class 6A, Alabama State Wrestling Title in the 145 pound classification. Alabama has 7 high school classifications so Class 6A is the second largest. Hawthorne was named the Most Valuable Wrestler in the 6A Classification

Hasaan Hawthorne was born without tibias. He lost his first leg when he was three months old and the other one two years ago. Hawthorne uses prosthetics to walk around, but wrestles without anything on the ends of his legs.

19-02-2016, he capped an undefeated senior season with a 6A division Alabama state wrestling championship in the 145-pound class. Hawthorne came back from a first period deficit to beat Landon Thompson soundly. Last year, he got all the way to third place in the state meet, and this year he finally took the championship.

So, how does someone without lower legs get the leverage to win wrestling matches? He has a tremendous reach for his weight class, which allows him to dictate the point of contact, and his wrist control has drawn comparisons to an anaconda. As you can see, he’s also real damn strong.

Hawthorne was named the Most Valuable Wrestler of the 6A division, and told AL.com that he was planning on wrestling in college. He started wrestling in middle school and said he was inspired by Arizona State’s Anthony Robles, who won the 2011 NCAA Championship with one leg. AL.com has a very good in-depth profile on Hawthorne’s journey to state champion
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Double Amputee Hasaan Hawthorne Wins Alabama State Wrestling Championship
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Hasan Hawthorne, of Pelham wrestles and defeats Landon Thompson, of Southside - Gadsden in wrestling action from the 2016 AHSAA State Wrestling Championship Finals Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. (Eric Schultz / preps@al.com)
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Pelham double amputee Hasaan Hawthorne finished a dream season today.

The senior beat Southside-Gadsden's Landon Thompson to finish 37-0 and win the Class 6A, 145-pound title at the AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

"I just worked hard in practice to get ready," said Hawthorne, who finished third at 160 last season. "Landon is pretty tough, he's a good wrestler."

RELATED: Read the story of Hawthorne's amazing journey

RELATED: Watch highlights from Hawthorne's semifinal win

Thompson (53-3) led 1-0 early in the first period of the match, but was not able to sustain the lead as Hawthorne took advantage of his long reach and leverage to outpoint Thompson 6-2 in over the final two periods.

"It's tough because (Hawthorne) wrestles like that all the time and we don't get to see it," Southside coach Kyle Routon said. "He's so long and would be about 6-foot-3 or 6-4 and we were just trying to protect our lead leg because his arms are so long. His reach was a huge difference, I mean the only way you can attack him is by dragging or with a front leg lock. He's just so tough."

RELATED: Recap from championship Saturday

Hawthorne, who was named Most Valuable Wrestler for 6A, is not finished with his wrestling career.

"I plan to go to nationals and then in college," he said, "but I don't know where yet."

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