Despite Being Terminally Ill, Wirs Makes History

On April 17, 2014

Pete Wirs at age 59, became the oldest person to have his first sanctioned wrestling bout in a national or world championship, at the USA Wrestling's Veterans (Masters) National Championship in Las Vegas, NV.

On April 27, 2017

Pete Wirs became the first American, the first male, and the first wrestler, to compete in a non-Paralympic event, suffering from Mito. Wirs joins Sophie West of Great Britain in Swimming, as the only athletes to compete in non-Paralympic sports suffering from Mito. Joe Wise, of the US, also in Swimming competed in Paralympics (with West), but never in regular competition.

On May 20, 2017

Wirs makes Sports history again, becoming the first person ever to become a National Champion being terminally ill with Mito, at the USA Wrestling's Beach Wrestling Nationals in Carolina Beach, N.C. 

On May 13, 2018

Wirs becomes the first registered terminally ill person to run the world-famous Philadelphia Broad Street Run, the nation's largest 10 mile race. Wirs finished 2:13:59, placing 484 out 525 men age 60-65. (Photograph -showing ACS Team Determination at the Starting Line, courtesy of American Cancer Society)

On May 19, 2018

Wirs becomes the first person ever to become a back-to-back National Champion despite being terminally ill with Mito, at the USA Wrestling's 2018 Beach Wrestling Nationals in Carolina Beach, N.C.

2018 World Championships

Wirs intends to compete at both the 2018 Veterans Freestyle World Championships, Skopje, Macedonia, Sept. 28-20, and the Veterans Greco-Roman World Championships, Perm, Russia, Oct. 5-7, once the UWW and Wirs complete their settlement in the Federal Antitrust action pending in the U.S. District Court for Colorado.

On June 24, 2018

His Interdisciplinary Medical Team pulled Pete Wirs from the June 24th Philly Triathlon because (1) air passage blockage issue has not been resolved to the doctors' satisfaction and (2) the medical community wouldn't be getting the appropriate press coverage due to the failure of the Kenney Administration providing proper support for the triathlon.

On July 27, 2018

On Saturday, July 27, 2018, Pete Wirs will compete in Wrestling at the Keystone State Games in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Check back then for results.

On September 9, 2018

 On Sunday, June 24, 2018, Pete Wirs will become the first terminally ill person to compete in a sanctioned Triathlon - in Washington, DC on September 9, 2018.