Making Sports History

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.

Injury Halts 1st Bout

Up against Jeff Jacobs of Connecticut, Wirs suffered a dislocated shoulder at 2:38 of the first period. Jacobs scored three takedowns against Wirs.  But Jacobs was unable to turn Wirs in parre terre.

Display real testimonials

In his prior matches Wirs survived 12.5 seconds, 20 seconds (2014), 45 seconds and 1.15 minutes (2015). This time Wirs made through the first three minute period and was halfway through the second when he was injured. Nonetheless, it does down as an official placement. 

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, B.C.

Uncontested, It Still Counts

Although uncontested in his Class E (age 61 and over) Class, thus automatically coming in first, it still counts as a National Championship.  And Wirs earns 10 points in the USA Wrestling Ironman Rankings of Masters/Veterans Division competitors.

Improves in Exhibition

No wrestler wants to simply attend, he or she still has to roll. The hosts arranged two exhibition bouts for Wirs. While 0-2 due to being fatigued (Wirs made the mistake of driving from Phillyl to NC the day before, and thus not enough time to recharge), Wirs did improve in his 2nd bout to limit loss to only two push-outs and one takedown.