By Mike Bush
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (KSDK) - Most trophies are made of metal and plastic. But they're won with sweat.
When it comes to wrestling in Georgia, next to the state championship, there is no trophy more coveted than one from the South Metro Tournament, the oldest meet in the state.
"It's a big deal," says Ralph Neeley, Athletic Director at Union Grove High School
For the team at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, it's on their minds from the first practice of the season.
"That's the one tournament you really want to work hard for," says McIntosh wrestler and St. Louis native Dijon Lowrey.
During his junior year, few worked harder at McIntosh than Demetrius DeMoors who has learned to love the sport.
"You have two things going on at once," says DeMoors. "The physical side and the mental side."
His coach says Demetrius has the qualities you need to be a good wrestler.
"Strong, aggressive and coachable,"says Nick Bellantoni.
And he says, the biggest heart. A heart that's still healing.
"January 7, 2006, he was in a helicopter crash in Telifar, Iraq and didn't make it out of it," explains DeMoors.
Demetrius' dad, Army First Lieutenant David DeMoors died serving our country when Demetrius was just 10-years-old.
"His dad and he were like bosom buddies," says Vendella DeMoors Demetrius' mom. "And I think no longer having his presence there has been difficult."
"I felt like it was up to me and my brother to become the men of the family," said Demetrius.
No one should have to grow up so fast but somehow Demetrius never grew bitter. That's why, when it came time for the South Metro Wrestling tournament, he was ready for a very special match.
Meet one of the most popular kids at Georgia's Union Grove High School, Michael Lind.
"Michael was born with down syndrome," says Becky Lind, Michael's mom.
Like Demetrius, Michael is also a wrestler. He joined the team for two reasons. One, he loves professional wrestling.
"I like the WWE," exclaims Michael.
And two, he loves being around his teammates.
"Because they're my friends," he says. "They're my guys, my friends."
Though he was on the team, Michael never had the chance to actually wrestle in a meet. That is until the 2012 South Metro Tournament.
"I was excited, a little nervous too because I wasn't sure how it was going to be received," says Michael's mom.
The coach at Union Grove called the coach at McIntosh and asked him if they had a team member who would agree to wrestle Michael in an exhibition match.
The person to step up was none other than Demetrius DeMoors.
"It speaks a lot about him to not only agree to do it but the way he did it," recalled Neeley.
Hundreds of people were there that night at Union Grove including 40 teams of wrestlers, and it seemed almost everybody stopped to watch and to wonder how Demetrius would handle it.
"He hates losing and we were all wondering what is he going to do," says Lowrey.
"I was thinking to myself if I could only wrestle one time, if I could only experience this one time with the crowd watching me and the cameras on me how would I want it to be," said DeMoors. "And so I tried to make it as fun and as special as possible."
Winning takes skill, what Demetrius did took character. He didn't just lie down and let Michael win, he made him earn it.
"Demetrius took Mikey down a couple of times, Mikey took Demetrius down a couple of times," remembered Neeley.
And when it was over, through tears most saw that Michael Lind was the winner but Demetrius was the champion.
"He comes over and I just gave him a big hug and I said thank you," said Bellantoni.
"The reason I started to cry because I stopped to think about Demetrious and how he took his time and his focus away from what he was there to do and to do this for my son. That's going to make me cry again," sniffs Lind.
Though he received a standing ovation from the crowd and hugs from his teammates for a job well done, Demetrius still didn't think he did anything that special. In fact, the first time his mom found out about all this is when we told her.
"He never said a word because he thought it wasn't something to talk about," says Demetrius' mom.
Strength doesn't come from the gym, it comes from the soul.
"It just brought something out in me and it made me feel like I needed to become a better person myself," says Lowrey.
"To show compassion and love toward somebody else that may not be as fortunate as they are that's a blessing," adds Demetrius' mom.
There is no trophy for what Demetrius DeMoors did that night only the reward of knowing for some it will be a memory that will gather no dust.
"I love you man,"said Michael. "You're cool, you're a good guy."