By Paul Burton

NORTON (CBS) — When it comes to wrestling or any sport for that matter, everyone wants the chance to beat the best.

When Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School student Andy Howland stepped onto the mat to face undefeated senior Deven Schuko of Norton, you would think he would be just a little nervous, but not this kid. He’s too busy smiling. “I love it,” Andy said with a smile.

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Andy Howland (WBZ-TV)

Andy Howland (WBZ-TV)

Andy has Down syndrome but he doesn’t let that stop him from playing the sport he loves. Last week he took on Deven who is the number one ranked Division 3 wrestler in his weight class.

“We shook hands and we locked up and he was a tough kid and he bulldogged me over to my back. I couldn’t stop the power,” Deven said.

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Deven Schuko (WBZ-TV)

Deven Schuko (WBZ-TV)

The moment and Andy pinning Deven was caught on camera and has since gone viral. “I’ve been in sports all my life and wrestling I believe is most demanding and for someone like Andy to wrestle and stick with it, I wanted to make his day,” Deven said.

Andy’s bravery and Deven’s sportsmanship is generating a lot of buzz on social media. “I think the message is sportsmanship is alive and well today and it’s because kids are accepting kids like Andrew wholeheartedly,” Debbie Howland said.

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“It’s humbling I guess and pretty cool for all the attention for a simple act of kindness,” Deven said.

Paul Burton