‘I was very close to dying’: Dover-Eyota’s Aidan Gasper thankful to be back with teammates after broken neck

Gasper’s life was nearly altered forever on that Saturday, but he is positive he will make a full recovery and the response from the wrestling community has been an uplifting one.

ROCHESTER — The headlock.

A move synonymous with the sport of wrestling and one that has been a pinnacle for 13 years of Aidan Gasper’s wrestling career.

But on this fateful Saturday, Feb. 4, a move the Dover-Eyota junior had grown so accustomed to, nearly changed his life forever.

That day Gasper was wrestling at 195 at a tournament in Janesville and was in pursuit of a takedown to make up some points. He went with his signature move. Yet, as he was lifting his opponent up, his arm got caught behind him. Soon as the two wrestlers were heading to the ground, Gasper had no way to stop his fall. His head smashed into the mat at full force, similar to a diver hitting the bottom of the pool.

Gasper still remembers the sound. Continue reading at postbulletin.com →

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