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From Refugee to Wrestling Star, One High School Student's Amazing Journey

Updated: Friday, December 6 2013, 05:43 PM EST

For some kids, playing a high school sport might be the first time they've ever been on an organized team. For others, it's a kid of social gateway, a way to acclimate and make friends.

For one wrestler at Baltimore County's Kenwood High, it's a way to adapt to a whole new country.

Kenwood High School senior wrestler Nyonbou Farley is a Liberian refugee who came to the US in 2005. Speaking only broken English and with his family far behind him, Nyonbou walked through the doors of Kenwood High into a brand new life.

While Nyonbou is certainly no stranger to hard-work, he had never played an organized sport before. It was from watching the WWF on TV that drew him to wrestling, and brought him to Kenwood's head wrestling Coach John Cooper's office, with a simple request: "Coach, can I wrestle?"

Nyonbou's wrestling career has skyrocketed from that moment forward. By his junior year, Nyonbou placed second in the Baltimore County championships and is heading into this season ranked seventh in the state.

USA Today awarded him the first-ever inspiration award, recognizing his steadfast determination, drive and awe-inspiring spirit. For someone as motivated as Nyonbou, this is certainly only the beginning.

From Refugee to Wrestling Star, One High School Student's Amazing Journey


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