This High School Wrestler is a Quadruple Amputee (VIDEO)

Caleb Smith suffered from a rare blood disease as a small child, forcing doctors to amputate his limbs.
Caleb Smith's wrestling opponents are as inspired by him as his teammates. (Photo: Youtube)
Mar 8, 2013· 0 MIN READ
A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades has previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and a medical writer.

Caleb Smith is a varsity high school wrestler from St. Paul, MN. He’s also a quadruple amputee, but that’s so far not been an obstacle to his wrestling career.

According to NBC, Smith contracted a rare blood disease at the age of four, requiring doctors to amputate his arms below his elbows and his legs above his knees.

The procedure cured him of his condition and by the fifth grade, Smith was in love with the sport of wrestling. He says in the video, “In wrestling, it’s just you and an opponent…you push each other and see how far you can go.”

While the high schooler admits he needs more energy than his teammates to execute some of his moves, he’s still faster than many of his opponents.

Coach Otto Kraus said, “He’s got the kind of strength people don’t normally see at 120 [pounds]. Plus, the way he can move makes it hard to wrestle him.”

This year Smith leads his team in escapes and next year, he hopes to make captain.

Whether he achieves that goal or not, Smith is a moving example of what a person can physically accomplish when his mind is free.