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ND Wrestler Goes to the Mat Against Cystic Fibrosis

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Caleb Dorich is not your average high school wrestler.

"[After] I wake up in the morning, I have two different inhalers I have to take," Dorich tells us, "and after that I have a nebulizer called Atobe. I have to do that for about 20 minutes."

Dorich has to take another batch of nebulizers and inhalers at night and enzymes with every meal to help his digestion -- all for a genetic disease he was diagnosed with at three months old. Dorich has cystic fibrosis, more commonly known as CF.

"What it does, it causes mucus to build up in the lungs," Dorich explains, "and what happens if the mucus builds up too much, it will cut off my circulation, and I cant breath at all and I'll pass out and die."

Yet Dorich does not let CF get in the way of the sport he loves, finishing 32-and-15 overall in his freshman season and placing second in the state.

LaMoure head coach Matt Hebl agrees, calling Dorich "very driven," "a hard worker [who] gives everything 110%," and adding that "...what he was able to achieve last year with his cystic fibrosis is nothing short of amazing."

Dorich takes it in stride. "I just get out there and I wrestle as hard as I can," he says. "I think, 'There's nothing this guy can do to beat me,' and you just have to stop everything he does."

This year his goals are set even higher. "My goals this season are to go to state again, hopefully make it to the finals," Dorich tells us. "My real main goal... I want to be a state champion and the first person with cystic fibrosis to be a state champion, because I'm pretty sure it hasn't been done before."

 

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