Centennial High wrestler receives national award

Kory Puderbaugh of Centennial High was selected as the 2013 Section 8 recipient of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

According to the NFHS, the award was created to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics. The states in Section 8 include Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. The national winner will be recognized June 24 at the NFHS summer meeting in Denver.

Sixteen-year-old Puderbaugh is a quadruple amputee who has not only persevered, but has succeeded in a number of athletic and academic endeavors. He has proven to be a tough competitor in the 120-pound weight class of the junior varsity wrestling squad, and recently won the championship of a 10-school tournament.

After being fitted with a pair of carbon-fiber parabolic legs, Puderbaugh competed in the 100-meter dash for the Centennial track team. His other athletic activities include body building and fitness.

An outstanding student, Puderbaugh’s interests include aviation, classical music, writing and chess.

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