Thursday, December 8, 2011
Stud #1 Ranked High School Wrestler Paralyzed
Hampton, 17, one of the state's top-ranked wrestlers and a senior at Alleghany High School, has been at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center since Saturday, after breaking his C5 and C6 vertebrae, according to Derrick Calloway, Alleghany's wrestling coach.
"The way they broke, it severely damaged his spinal cord," Calloway said.
According to retrorankings.com, a website about wrestling, Hampton was the state's No. 1-ranked wrestler in Class 1-A at 182 pounds.
Calloway said Hampton charged his opponent early in the match on Saturday morning but lost his grip and went head-first into a padded wall.
"When I saw it, I thought maybe a concussion or he just hit his head," Calloway said. "Right when I got to him, I knew immediately it wasn't good."