Last Monday, I watched an amazing wrestling documentary called Veritas. It is a feature-length film which documents Lehigh University’s wrestling team (’04-’05) and Jon Trenge, an amazing wrestler who was striving for his dream of becoming a National Wrestling Champion. Trenge suffered from detached and torn retinas, undergoing numerous surgeries and continuing to wrestle although the doctor told him this could lead to a permanent loss of eyesight.
Trenge’s father makes him protective goggles, which he wears while he wrestles. Unfortunately, many of his opponents intentionally attack these goggles, and Trenge gets disqualified from several matches for retaliating. The film focuses on what he’s learned in the process and how it helped him build character and get back on the mat with a new perspective.
This documentary was released in 2007, but the story is quite powerful and is now available for free on Hulu. Check it out below (or, if for some reason the video doesn’t post, go to this link.