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Going to the mats at school and home

Braydon Deats, a Streator High School sophomore, wrestles for the school, but also goes to the mats at home.

Braydon and his father, Brian Deats, wrestle in the living room at their house in Ancona, southwest of Streator.

"He comes home after learning a new move," his father said. "We'll move furniture, then he teaches me the move and beats me up."

Braydon's stepmother, Sende Escatel, is not a fan of the in-house wrestling, but she tolerates it.

"I tell them not to break stuff," she said.

Braydon has been diagnosed with dyspraxia, a developmental disorder.

A Times reporter met with Braydon and his family on a recent day. Braydon was overflowing with energy.

He has been competitive in the wrestling program, his father said.

"I had high expectations, but he went above and beyond what was expected," Brian said. "The whole wrestling staff has been nothing but great."

Braydon won the last match of the wrestling season at Wilmington, which is on YouTube.

"It was really special," his father said. "He pinned down his opponent."

His coach, John Sandoval, praised the wrestler.

"Braydon works his butt off in the wrestling room," the coach said in an email. "He's a great kid. He is at every practice and all open mats in the offseason."

Now, Braydon has started track. He runs the 100- and 200-yard sprints.

Braydon also takes part in 4-H Corn Belt Kids, where he has shown goats, rabbits and chickens. He is the group's treasurer. He said he likes showing goats these days.

He takes care of the animals at his mother Jenny's house in Leonore.

Braydon loves the outdoors.

"He picks up branches and puts them in a wheelbarrow and does that all day long," Sende said.

Jenny said Braydon likes to stack firewood for his grandparents.

He's also into superheroes. His favorite is The Flash. But he thinks Batman and Superman are OK as well.


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