Peter J Wirs 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.

But Improves from Prior Bouts

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.

Also Runs Marathons

When not wrestling, Wirs runs.  His very first marathon was Philly's 5 K then this past November, Wirs ran the Rothman 8K during the Philadelphia Marathon weekend. Regrettably, due to the Mito, he collapsed, but only after crossing the Finishing Line.