Deaf wrestler to give presentation at St. Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica will host Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, a deaf professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter, for a presentation and workshop at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Reif Gymnasium on campus.

Hamill will share his story about life and experiences as a deaf athlete. He’ll also give an interactive clinic on wrestling. This event is free and open to the public.

Hamill won three NCAA Division III National Championships in wrestling while attending the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1997, he won gold medals in Greco-Roman style and freestyle wrestling in the Deaflympics in Denmark. He won a silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling and a gold medal in freestyle wrestling in the 2001 Deaflympics in Rome, Italy. The 2010 movie “The Hammer” was based on Hamill’s life story.

St. Scholastica’s ASL Deaf Culture Club is coordinating the event.

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