Ken Wunderley profiles Moon wrestler Nathan Barcaskey. Read his story below.
(Photo: Nathan Barcaskey of Moon Area controls Rasaun Culberson of South Fayette in the 220-pound final at the Allegheny County Tournament. Barcaskey stopped Culberson, 9-1, to win the title. Susan Wentzel/Tri-State Sports & News Service)
At the age of 12, Nathan Barcaskey was told by doctors that he would never wrestle again after having brain surgery.
"In seventh grade, I was diagnosed with a disease called moyamoya," said Barcaskey, a senior at Moon Area High School, referring to a disease in which certain arteries in the brain are constricted.
"It was a lack of blood flow to the left side of my brain. I had to have corrective surgery to fix it."
Barcaskey was a member of Moon's junior high wrestling team at the time.