This just in from the department of "what's your excuse?": Hasaan Hawthorne, a double-amputee wrestler from Pelham High School in Alabama, just completed a perfect 37-0 season, winning a Class 6A state title.
Hawthorne was born without tibias, so his legs end where his knees would be. According to a profile by the Alabama Media Group, he drew inspiration from 2011 NCAA champion and one-legged wrestler Anthony Robles and started wrestling in the sixth grade.
"I said, 'Why can't I do it?' It just looked cool to me," Hawthorne told reporter Gary Estwick.
Last season, Hawthorne, then a junior, took third place in Class 6A, the classification given to the state's second-largest group of high schools by enrollment.
Hawthorne, who stands about 6-foot-5 when he's wearing his prosthetics, was also named MVP for Class 6A.
Hasaan Hawthorne named most Valuable Wrestler for Class 6A pic.twitter.com/hFj86x8Kde
— Daniel Boyette (@danielboyette) February 20, 2016
Hawthorne told the Alabama Media Group he intends to wrestle in college but hasn't selected a school yet.
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