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Reynolds, Enka set aside competition during wrestling match

Mark Arnett's son, Brittain is choosing to learn the hard way. "Because it's fun. It's fun to learn through trial and error," said Brittain, a member of the Reynolds Middle School wrestling team. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Sports in the mountains are highly competitive -- teams looking to win every time they take the field, court or mat. But two local middle schools combined to make sure everyone wins.

Through every level, the kids want to win. But for some kids, the lessons are a little tougher

"Anything you and I can do is harder for him."

Mark Arnett's son, Brittain is choosing to learn the hard way.

"Because it's fun. It's fun to learn through trial and error," Brittain said.

Brittain is a member of the Reynolds Middle School wrestling team. He's also the toughest kid in town.

Brittain had a stroke when in utero.

"A major blood vessel in his brain never formed. So, he basically has a void about the size of a baseball right in the middle of his brain." Arnett said.

But Brittain more than makes up for it with heart. Reynolds wrestling coach Johan Correa said Brittain began telling him last year he was going to come out for the team.

"I always compare wrestling and life together because we always fight for what we want. And he's fighting for what he wants, and he's doing well," Correa said.

"To see him wrestling, to see him, I mean, simple things -- jumping jacks, to see him, you know, running with all the guys. It means a lot," said Mark Arnett.

And his effort means a lot to everyone at Reynolds, which is why his coach wanted to give him the opportunity to come out on top.

"I wanted to make Brit feel special for his hard work," explained Correa.

So he reached out to the Rockets' rival -- Enka Middle School, where Teddy Tweed preaches responsibility.

"That was something that drawed me to wrestling. I didn't have to depend on anybody else," said Tweed.

But when he was asked to make it about someone else --

"Right off the bat, Zach Boone come to mind."

Mercy was shown.

"I talked to the team, also, and your guy will feel the Enka love from my team and parents," Correa read from the text response Tweed sent him.

First-year wrestler Boone volunteered to give up his first wrestling match so Brittain could feel his first taste of victory.

"To see him smiling at the end of the match, to me, it's better than winning," said Boone.

The two met in a preliminary match before the regularly scheduled meet. Boone shook Arnett's hand, then got into the lower starting position. Correa helped Brittain get in position on top of Boone. Then, the referee blew the whistle.

"Britt looked at me like, 'What am I supposed to do?'" laughed Correa.

Boone grabbed Arnett's singlet and pulled him on top for the pin.

"I still can't believe he did that," an emotional Mark Arnett said.

"I felt like Rocky for a second," smiled his son.

But this bout carried more weight and significance than any Hollywood script could create.

"People need to stop being selfish and care for others," Correa said.

"It just took everything back home for you," a misty-eyed Tweed said. "We get so tied up in competing and winning, and that just drove it home with what that's about."

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