Part 1 of a 2-part series on Luke Hampton. Growing up in Sparta, NC, Hampton was a successful high school wrestler known throughout the state. Following Hampton’s injury during a wrestling match, the state athletic association changed the officiating rules for wrestling. Part 1 focuses on Hampton’s childhood, character, wrestling career up to his injury, and his time recovering from his injuries which left him paralyzed. Hampton was known as a strong, generous, young man with a big heart who enjoyed working hard, competing, and helping his neighbors.