Double amputee, Hasaan Hawthorne overcomes the odds to wrestle
Hasaan Hawthorne was born with no tibia in both legs. The disability caused both his legs to be amputated as a child, but Hawthorne has not let it stop him from doing what he loves, playing sports.
"From a young age I learned how to embrace it, adapt too it," Hawthorne said. "I played everything baseball, basketball, football, I swam."
In high school, Hawthorne won the Class 6A state title in Alabama at 145 pounds to finish off his senior season undefeated. However, it was a long and bumpy road to get there.
"I was getting beat for three or four years constantly. Straight pity party, Oh glad you're out there, look at you out there and me I'm not hearing it. I'm stubborn. Hard-headed, I'm not hearing it and I hated it," Hawthorne said. "For awhile it was a pity party but I wasn't hearing any of it. I'm going to keep pushing and I eventually got better and when I kind of realized I could start hanging with some of these kids. It was like it was my turn to start disrespecting."
After competing at Northern Idaho University, Hawthorne has made his way to Hastings College, and the team is finding out just hard he is to wrestle against.
"It's tough. He has incredible upper body strength and his grip is unbelievable," Hastings College Junior, Thomas Stevenson said.
"The guy is a double amputee and he shows up every single day and his body hurts every single day," Hastings College Wrestling Coach, Tyson Springer said. "So it just shows to kids that you can't have excuses and you gotta put your head down and go and he is just one of those younger kids that you want to see and kind of look up too."
Hawthorne has gone through numerous injuries and he does not know when the curtain will be drawn on his athletic career. So in the meantime, the Alabama native is choosing to not dwell too much on the future but live in the moment.
"Let everything shape up. I want to be able to have joy in life. So that's why I take it one day at a time," Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne will not compete for Hastings College until January 10.