Rare Disease Poses Challenge for Mizzou Wrestler

7 years 2 weeks 5 days ago Monday, November 19 2012 Nov 19, 2012 Monday, November 19, 2012 7:39:00 PM CST November 19, 2012 in Tiger Talk
By: Eric Blumberg

COLUMBIA -- Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith describes his 157 pounder Kyle Bradley as reserved and quiet, but expect him to make plenty of noise this season after two straight trips to the NCAA Championships.

Facing Kyle Bradley on the wrestling mat is a test.

"He has the talent to be an All-American National Champ. He's been beating some of the best people in the country," said Coach Brian Smith.

He won 25 matches last season but he doesn't overpower opponents.

Smith said, "He's going to finesse you and going to beat you with technique and he's getting better at that. He can wrestle that stronger guy but he's going to out technique them."

"That's funny that he said that because my little league coach strived on being a technician and hitting on a lot of repetitions and things like that and getting perfect technique," said Bradley

Perfect technique is necessary when you compete with a rare disease.

Bradley said, "I found out when I was young I would sit close to the TV and my parents would move me back and I'd move closer so they started taking me to eye doctor after eye doctor and finally found out I had this really rare disease."

It's called Retinoschisis. Surgery isn't an option and glasses don't help it much.

"It's like little blisters on my retina," said Bradley. "It's like having a pair of binoculars and not being able to focus in all the way."

"He's legally blind and he can't see. When we're in matches I always let him know the score and the time... how much is left on the scoreboard," Smith said.

Without the disease Bradley might never have found wrestling.

"He told me I couldn't play sports with a small ball so baseball was eliminated and he recommended wrestling and soccer," said Bradley.

"He's never let it bother him," Smith said. "That's the great thing about it. You would never know. He's out there wrestling and in public and you don't realize it."

After last season Bradley won the Wilma Rudolph Award. It honors student athletes who have overcome odds to achieve success.

"A lot of people told me what I could and couldn't do growing up." Bradley said, "Like I couldn't drive and they thought I'd be blind by now."

Instead he sees more than most because he doesn't see any limitations to what he can do.

Bradley said, "They thought by now I'd be blind and it would get gradually worse over time, but I've been lucky enough it's stayed the same."

"I think he's an inspiration to any kid with a disability. This is a disability, but he doesn't let it bother his life," said Smith.

The NCAA invited Bradley to speak at an upcoming convention in Dallas. Bradley will wrestle at a larger weight class this season, moving up from 149 to 157 pounds.

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Property owners of two buildings in the heart of Jefferson City are facing a deadline to either... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 6:39:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education voted on a new student seclusion, isolation and restraint policy at its meeting... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 4:09:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Authorities say a mid-Missouri couple is jailed after being charged with repeatedly locking a 9-year-old boy... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 3:44:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Five professors from the University of Missouri School of Law signed an open letter stating that President Donald... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:30:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Neapolitan pizza restaurant MidiCi closed its doors for good on Sunday after roughly 3 years in Columbia. ... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:14:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The number of people who are homeless in Missouri has decreased for five straight years: 2014-2018. ... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 2:13:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri's health department has so far received three reports of flu-associated deaths as peak flu season begins. ... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 12:00:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
MEXICO - Similar to veterans homes across the nation, Missouri veterans homes are suffering from a shortage of staffing. ... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 9:59:00 AM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Starting Monday, the City of Columbia Municipal Court will offer a period of warrant amnesty. There will... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 3:30:00 AM CST December 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Moberly Police Department arrested a suspect accused of robbing a gas station at gun-point Saturday evening. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 9:50:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Tigers have found their new head football coach. Eli Drinkwitz from Appalachian State will lead... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 6:47:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
TIPTON - Neighbors are reacting after authorities said Bobby Joe Moore, 43, of Sedalia, shot his ex-girlfriends' mother and hit... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 6:01:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Restaurant owners are heading into the holiday season ready to handle the winter customers and... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 3:43:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in Continuous News
FULTON — Community members can gather at the Field of Joy in Fulton’s Veteran's Park to remember departed loved ones... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 2:13:00 PM CST December 08, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Singing pine trees and dancing blue penguins are now lighting up the night throughout Binder Park in... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 08 2019 Dec 8, 2019 Sunday, December 08, 2019 8:00:00 AM CST December 08, 2019 in News
AUXVASSE - A suspect has been taken into custody in Auxvasse on Saturday in relation to a shots fired incident... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 9:19:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
FULTON - The 71st annual Christmas parade took over the streets of Fulton on Saturday afternoon. This year's theme... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 3:40:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Road signs honoring five Boone County veterans killed in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan were revealed Saturday. ... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 07 2019 Dec 7, 2019 Saturday, December 07, 2019 3:36:00 PM CST December 07, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 20°
5am 20°
6am 21°
7am 22°
8am 23°