Monday, April 25, 2011

Wrestler with Autism Advances to Nationals

SCRANTON, Pa. -- When Jeremiah Oakes goes to school at John Audubon Elementary School, he likes to wear his University of Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling sweatshirt. If you ask him, he can rattle off his best moves - the fireman's carry and a double-leg takedown, for the record.
And as for his numerous trophies and medals, the 10-year-old can tell you in which tournament he won an award, what the score was and how he fared in the bout.
But what he doesn't mention is that he accomplished all these feats - including, most recently, qualifying for the Eastern National wrestling championships in Maryland this coming weekend - in the face of a diagnosis of autism.

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