ALLEGHANY COUNTY, N.C.— A dominant North Carolina high school wrestler is now paralyzed from the neck down after breaking his neck during a wrestling tournament Saturday in Lenoir.
According to his brother, Luke Hampton, a senior wrestler at Alleghany High School, suffered the injury during the Jamie Tutle Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
A Caldwell County Schools spokesman said Hampton charged his opponent with his head down and his momentum carried him into a wall. The impact broke his neck in two places, the spokesman said.
Hampton was transported to Caldwell Memorial Hospital and was later flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His brother said they are trying to transfer Hampton to a hospital specializing in spinal cord injuries in Atlanta, Ga.
“It’s just another bump in the road. He’ll pull through. He’s going to fight through,” said Jeremiah Hampton, the wrestler’s brother.
The tournament, which was held at Hibriten High School in Lenoir, was not a school-related event, the spokesman said.
In a post on the North Carolina Wrestling Forum, Hampton’s coach said the wrestler has no feeling or movement from the chest down. His coach wrote that Hampton suffered severe damage to his spinal cord and has not been able to breathe on his own.
According to nwcaonline.com, Hampton was 5-0 for the season.