NEW INFO: Injured Wrestler Regains Feeling In Feet

A high school wrestler, injured two weeks ago during a match, now has feeling again in his feet.

Hugo Rubirosa remains at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The 17-year-old Jacksonville High School junior injured his neck during a match January 3rd.

His family tells us he now feels pins and needles on his feet, and today he's undergoing a trial run of getting off the ventilator. He already is able to move his arms.

The school's athletic director says Rubirosa injured his fourth and fifth vertebrae in his neck.


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A high school wrestler continues to make progress, a week after he was injured in a match.

Hugo Rubirosa, a junior at Jacksonville High School, remains at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The 17-year-old injured his neck, and can now move his arms. Rubirosa can feel cold in his legs, but is not yet able to move them. He is now battling pneumonia.

WITN originally was only supposed to speak with his family at the hospital. But the teen insisted to his doctor that our reporter be allowed in his room so he could deliver a message to his teammates and supporters.

Even though he is not yet able to speak, on a laminated chart Rubirosa was able to spell out what he wanted to say to friends. "Thank you for all your cards, posters and prayers," said the wrestler. "With God's help I will recover my torso and legs. Thank you. I love you."

Athletic Director Ron Holtsford says Rubirosa was in the process of taking his opponent down during last Tuesday's match, got a little off balance -- and the weight shifted from the normal lower part of his body to his upper shoulders and his head was moved about 90 degrees to the right -- injuring the fourth and fifth vertebrae in his neck.


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The Jacksonville High School wrestler who was severly injured in a meet last week remains hospitalized.

Hugo Rubirosa, a 17-year-old junior, injured his neck during a match.

His brother told WITN Monday morning that Rubirosa is talking and moving his arms but so far not much else. He also said they are concerned about fluid in the lungs.

Rubirosa is spoken of highly by his teachers and peers, described as a great kid. Rubirosa led his family in prayer before his surgery the day after the match.


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Onslow County School officials say the wrestler injured in a meet Tuesday night who underwent surgery Wednesday continues to recover.

Athletic Director Ron Holtsford says 17-year-old junior Hugo Rubirosa was in the process of taking his opponent down, got a little off balance-- and the weight shifted from the normal lower part of his body to his upper shoulders and his head was moved about 90 degrees to the right-- injuring the fourth and fifth vertebrae in his neck.

Coach Beau Williams calls Rubirosa, "Just a great kid-- good work ethic."

Jacksonville principal Donna Lynch says before going into surgery Rubirosa led his family in prayer.

Lynch says right now Rubirosa is able to move his arms. No prognosis has been announced.

Students at Jacksonville High School are working on t-shirts and a collage for Rubirosa and his family.

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Jacksonville High School wrestler Hugo Rubirosa suffered a neck injury during a match at West Carteret High School on Tuesday night. Officials at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville Say Rubirosa is in serious condition after undergoing surgery on Wednesday.

The Jacksonville Daily News reported that Rubirosa was able to move his arm before going into surgery.

Rubirosa, a junior, had a record of 16-2 before going into the match. He wrestles in the 152-pound weight class.


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