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Gaping Holes In Wrestler's Shoes: Clovis Coach Buys New Shoes

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

An act of kindness by a Clovis elementary coach sends a message all the way to the top of the wrestling world. John Martinez is a coach who saw a need and took action.

Martinez is wrestling coach at Temperance–Kutner Elementary School in Clovis Unified. One of his newest recruits is Mai Xiong who weighs in at 57 pounds.  Last week Martinez discovered Mai was in desperate need of shoes. "As she had them over her shoulder I couldn't help but notice they were completely worn down and I noticed massive holes in it."

After a sleepless night Martinez decided to replace Mai's wrestling and tennis shoes. "I think it's pretty good and I like it because he cares about me a lot."

Martinez shared his holiday giving story with his friends on Facebook.

Soon he would hear from his friends at Howe Electric in Fresno who gave him a check to do something special for Mai Xiong.  Then a leader with California–USA Wrestling told Martinez he wanted to help too.  "I wanted to just share a good thing on Facebook and before I knew it, it overwhelmed me."

Mai Xiong is one of only two girls on the TK wrestling team. This is only her first year in wrestling and she's only lost one match. The young lady is a tiger on the mat.   She pinned her opponent in the first round. Talent and strength made the difference but Mai Xiong says her new shoes do give her more confidence.

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