A Virginia high school senior who was born with no right leg and a left leg that ends at the middle of his thigh took home a state wrestling championship – surprising everyone but himself.
"Really if you work hard, you can do anything – even win a state championship without legs," Adonis Lattimore said on Saturday, after winning first place in the Virginia high school league class 6, 106lb weight class at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that the Landstown high school senior, who also has just one finger on his right hand, had coach James Sanderlin cheering wildly while the crowd roared its approval during the final seconds as he defeated his opponent.
"Amazing," Sanderlin said. "He did all the work. I just get 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 but did not advance, then missed the region tournament as a sophomore.
The coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of wrestling last year. This season, Lattimore improved to 32-7.
"I’ve been dreaming of this since I knew what it was, and to finally have it happen is just,” he said. “I don’t know how to explain it."