Caleb Smith, a 120-pound wrestler from Harding High School in St. Paul, is stronger than most of his opponents.
"He's got the kind of strength people don't normally see at 120," Harding High coach Otto Kraus told CBS4. "Plus, the way he can move makes it hard to wrestle him."
And truth be told, Smith can use all the advantages he can get, because no matter how strong he becomes, he'll almost always be at a disadvantage heading into a match. That's because 10 years ago, Smith's arms and his legs were amputated.
Smith told CBS 4 that he contacted a rare blood disease around the time he turned 4, and the only cure was amputation.
He may be at a significant disadvantage whenever he steps onto the mat, but Smith is slowly proving that he belongs. He recently won his first match, and he says his goal one day is to be a team captain. His story has proven inspirational for his squad, opposing teams and a growing fan base across the country.
"If you see yourself as not being able to do something, at least you should try and do it," Smith said told CBS4. "If you never do it at all, you will never know if you can do it or not."
As we've seen before, a determined wrestler can overcome an amputation and still succeed in the sport. Anthony Robles, a former grappler at Arizona State who was born with only one leg, won an NCAA championship in the 125-pound division.