Monday, January 22, 2007

UFC wrestling star attends deaf tournament

FREMONT — Each day, wrestler-turned-UFC-fighter Matt Hamill receives nearly 300 e-mails from fans all over the world.
He is widely considered one of the most successful deaf athletes of his time and for good reason.

Hamill's a three-time Division III wrestling champion and recently trained under Tito Ortiz on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show.

To deaf wrestlers across the country he is an icon, a reason to believe, and that is something he understands.

So when Hamill was invited to this weekend's National Deaf Prep Wrestling Tournament at California School for the Deaf, he jumped at the chance to give back to the community which supports him so much.

"This type of event is really important," Hamill said. "It's a great opportunity for everyone involved, and I hope it continues to grow in the future."

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