Updated: Thursday, 24 Jan 2013, 9:40 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013, 6:49 PM EST
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WOODBURN, IN. (WANE) - On Saturday, Woodlan sophomore Nik Hoot took third place in the 113-pound weight class at the ACAC wrestling tournament. Considering he was the third seed entering the weekend you could call it an expected outcome. But the fact that Nik is wrestling at all is itself nothing short of a miracle.
The son of Marvin and Apryl Hoot, Nik is a well rounded athlete in spite of the fact that he is missing parts of both legs and doesn't have a fully developed set of fingers. He lives with these physical disabilities because his biological parents - an unknown couple from Russia - attempted to abort Nik. The abortion didn't take and in the fall of 1996 Nik was born - he was put up for adoption shortly thereafter.
Where Nik's story truly begins though is just over one year later when Marvin and Apryl - residents of Woodburn - adopted Nik into a new world and a new life. He's been turning heads and opening eyes ever since.
Nik was given his first pair of prosthetic legs when he was two years old. Within a couple of weeks he had ditched his walker and was moving about on his own. He's played nearly every sport available to him: football, baseball, basketball and of course wrestling. Now - he's blazing a path for his own family.
In addition to Nik, the Hoot's have adopted five other children from foreign countries, all who have birth defects (this is on top of the three biological children the Hoot's raised as well). The younger one's see Nik as a role model and some are already starting to follow in his steps. Of Nik's siblings, one wrestles with him on the Warriors roster, while a younger sister is a cheerleader. The Hoot's are a family of miracles.
As for Nik - he isn't satisfied yet. As he continues to improve on the mat, he says he wants to one day wrestle in college. With everything he's accomplished already - what's to stop him?
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