Big-hearted wrestling family shares background of popular 'rescue' video
NewsCenter 16 received a video on Monday from one of our viewers of a four-year-old girl in her very first wrestling match.
In the video, while Ruby Lewis struggles with her opponent, her little brother Jash realizes she might be in trouble, so he runs out onto the mat and tackles her adversary.
The crowd cheers and applauds the act of heroism, and one audience member declares the moment as 'the best thing I have ever seen.'
The video quickly grew in popularity, so WNDU visited the two kids and their mother on Tuesday.
"Some people's kids are jealous of the next sibling down, and neither one of mine have ever been that way, they're always like that's my sister, that's my brother. They were never really jealous of the baby. They were more protective," explains Crystal, the kids' mother.
While Jash is two years away from being allowed to start wrestling, Crystal says he'll be well-prepared when that day comes. "He doesn't play with toys, he plays with wrestling gear, he wears helmets and shin guards and mouth guards and singlets... so he's already ready.
Crystal's husband Joel introduced the whole family to wrestling, which he used to compete in when he was younger. Crystal says she's sometimes nervous watching her kids on the mat because of the injury risk, but she's glad that they practice sportsmanship, and always shake the hands of their opponents after a match.
"We've been blessed with, we have four great kids. People always comment when we go out, oh your children are so well-behaved… they're not always like that at home, but we were really lucky," she says as Ruby declares snack time and begins raiding a cupboard for cookies to share with her little brother (and guardian).