Andrew Dubowsky may be still looking for his first high school wrestling match victory, but that's not to say the freshman hasn't had success. Andrew was born with cerebral palsy, severely limiting the use of his legs. Despite suffering from a debilitating disease, Andrew's strong desire to compete on an athletic team enabled him overcome the odds and participate on the wrestling team at Kearney High School in Kearney, Nebraska.
"He's an avid sports person. He always wanted to play football. Of course, that wasn't possible. This sport [wrestling] offers a lot of things and I think that Andrew was just trying to do something with himself," Andrew's mother Melissa Dubowsky explains to ABC Kearney affiliate KHGI.
Andrew's determination and strength has gained many admirers, and he has earned high praise from teammates, competitors, and opposing coaches alike.
"The Seward coach came up to me after my first competition and told me that I inspire his kids because of the way I wrestle," Andrew said to KHGI reporter Dave Griek. He also explained his bigger dreams, "I want to try to be a state champion."
Andrew has shown that with dedication, drive, and willpower, anything is possible.