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Kansas wrestler breaks arm, opponent gifts him gold medal

A Kansas teen’s act of kindness has come full circle.

“Just be a kind person. Just do what your heart tells you,” said Garrison Spoonts.

Spoonts, 15, is a freshman wrestler at Eureka High School.

Earlier this year, Spoonts was in Fredonia, Kansas competing at the regional wrestling tournament.

Spoonts was taking on Cheney junior Logan Doshier for the 160-pound championship when things took a turn for the worst.

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh, this is going to turn out very good and then it happened and my whole arm just went completely numb,'” said Doshier.

“I put him in a front headlock and that’s when he injured his arm. I was like, ‘Crap what did I just do?’ I couldn’t believe what just happened,” Spoonts said.

Emergency staff immediately tended to Doshier who had suffered a broken arm.

As Doshier was being carried off the mat, Spoonts approached him.

“I wished him good luck at state and he said, ‘No, you’re the real champion here’ and I got moved after that,” Doshier said.

Spoonts then took things a step further.

“I went up to the coach and gave him my medal and told him to give it to Logan,” Spoonts said.

Spoonts gifted Doshier his gold medal.

“That’s like the least I could do for Logan,” he said.

Logan received the gold medal while he was in the hospital.

“My dad had came in and he handed me the medal,” Doshier said. “He did not have to do that. It was incredible.”

The medal exchange did not end there. Doshier’s coach wanted to make sure Spoonts’ act of kindness was rewarded.

“It shows a lot of character on the young man’s part,” said Cheney High School Head Wrestling Coach Than Underwood. “So I went through a box I had in my basement of a first-place regional medal I had won back in 1984 and sent it to him.”

The first-place medal was nearly identical to the medal Spoonts gave to Doshier. The only difference was the year and weight class.

“It means a lot,” Spoonts said. “It’s probably one of the most greatest things that has happened to me so far.”

“Old guys, medals don’t mean that much, you know, but for the young people who work so hard that’s what they work for and they love to get those medals,” Underwood said.

Spoonts and Doshier have yet to see each other since regionals. However, they both said the incident has created a life-long bond between them.

“I have got to thank that guy a million times the next time I see him. It makes me feel like I should do the same if I ever get put in that situation,” Doshier said.

Emily Younger | KSNT.com


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