Autistic Fruitland student becomes more social thanks to wrestling

Fruitland’s Brandon Stowe, right, greets his coaches after getting a close win on Jan. 2.

With a 4-2 decision win over Timberlake’s Ethan Jerome on Thursday night, Fruitland senior wrestler Brandon Stowe helped the Grizzlies in a gritty 43-36 loss to the White Tigers. One of the captains of the Fruitland varsity wrestling team, Brandon put his warmups back on, put on his gray glasses and talked to his teammates before cheering on his brother a few matches later.

Without knowing him, it would be nearly impossible to know that Brandon has autism. A lot of the people around Brandon credit his long-time involvement in wrestling with changing his life and making him more socially active.

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