An act of kindness on the mat allows two wrestlers to shineFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Sports can bring out the worst in people at times but it can also bring out the best and provide some of the most uplifting stories possible.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Sports can bring out the worst in people at times but it can also bring out the best and provide some of the most uplifting stories possible.
Like when a perennial powerhouse on the mat, gives his gold medal to someone who may not have his talent -- but equal in drive, sportsmanship and perseverance.
When Erica Hewitt's son Cody showed her his gold medal from a Jamestown wrestling tournament, she was a little surprised.
After all, Cody finished fourth.
Cody: "What made me want to join the team was when I first watched professional wrestling for the first time."
Cody, a junior at Davies has autism, his mom says when she realized the tournament champion gave him that medal it took her back to all of those days when his peers haven't been so nice.
Erica: "Some of the issues with my son and his disability, having other kids and his peers actually recognize him and be really kind to him is great, being that we have dealt with bullying in the past."
It's the third time Aberdeen Senior Colton Fryer won the tournament. He says he wanted to recognize Cody's perseverance.
Colton: "In that tournament, all the other people, they just gave up after I had them on their back. And he didn't give up, at all."
Coach: "It's really a great joy, as a coach, to see that, when other kids, especially at that age, do that, when it's not common."
Cody: "My coach came up to me and said, 'Cody, I think you got a gold medal.'"
Erica wanted to recognize Colton for his selfless act, so she sent a letter to his coaches. What she didn't know, was that the letter of gratitude would go viral after Colton's mom, April, posted it on Facebook.
April: "I told him then that I was more proud of that than I was of the first place."
That gold medal now has a special place, hanging on the wall of Cody's room.
Cody: "I think that was pretty nice of him, you know? I mean, he was pretty generous to put me over."
Cody says his ultimate dream is to become a WWE wrestler.