Caeleb Reyes, who suffered a hard fall in the semifinals of the Chevron state wrestling championships at the Blaisdell Arena on Saturday, is OK.
Moanalua coach Darren Reyes reports that his son Caeleb’s X-rays came back fine and that he is sore but already fighting with the nurses because “in his mind, he is going to wrestle. He thinks his dad is going to make him wrestle.”
Doctors told him it is a cracked vertebrae.
He is not going to wrestle in his championship match. He earned the spot when his opponent, Zack Diamond of Mililani, slammed him to the mat on the back of his head. Diamond was disqualified from the match.
Caeleb was immobilized and wheeled from the arena in a stretcher.
Reyes says Caeleb pinched a main nerve in his neck at impact. He lost feeling in his hands and his feet right away, thus the precaution.
He is a little sore right now, but appears to be fine.
Darren, who coaches Moanalua, said that Diamond’s move was definitely illegal, but that it is the nature of the sport and it is completely legal in different disciplines of combat sports.