For sophomore state wrestling champion Marek Bush, wrestling is just another day in the office.
Born and raised around the sport in Ilion, Bush has won numerous tournaments and has showcased the family name around the state.
"Winning is not about everything in the sport of wrestling,” said Bush. “There is more to the sport than getting your hand raised at the end of the match."
On Saturday, January 5, Marek put his sportsmanship to the test.
It happened at Central Valley Academy’s 44th annual Leo J. Sammon Memorial Tournament, in the 126-pound final against opponent Logan Patterson of Indian River. Bush quickly went down in the match 7-0, and late in the third period, Patterson got injured.
"I went for a lateral drop and he posted his arm, and I think he dislocated his elbow or sprained it,” said Bush.
His father and CVA head coach coach Bob Bush could not believe what he just saw.
"My first thoughts were with him actually making sure he was okay, if he would be able to continue the match,” said Bob Bush, after witnessing Patterson’s gruesome injury.
"When [Marek] went back out, I turned to him before to tell him not to do anything, and before I could say a word, he turned to me and said, 'Dad, I got this; I know what to do,' ” said Bush.
Bush then went out on the mat and laid down for the remaining 32 seconds. Patterson won thanks to Bush’s classy move.