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January 24, 2013

Brewer adapting on and off mat

NORMAN — Deven Brewer likes challenges. The Westmoore freshman has met each of them head on this season, staking a claim as one of the state’s top wrestlers.

Of course, challenges are nothing new to Brewer, who was born with a physical abnormality he’s not about to let get in the way of pursuing his dreams.

“I think I can be very well in contention for a state title,” Brewer said. “State placer, definitely. I’ve worked all my life for it. Since I was 4 years old. It’s been all I kind of wanted to do at this point. (I’ve) just got to keep going strong.”

When people meet Brewer for the first time, it’s almost impossible for them not to notice the large knot on the right side of his face. They might think he just exited a particularly difficult match.

That’s not the case. Brewer has a tumor growing in his face.

“I’ve had this since I was born,” he said. “I’ve had it removed once when I was 6, then again last year. But I hit another growth spurt last year and it came back again. I’ll probably end up getting it removed again in March.”

Though non cancerous, the tumor may still present possible side effects that could prove harmful later in life.

“It’s a vascular tumor,” Brewer said. “It’s a blood-fed muscle. Every time I grow, it grows with me. It’s just one of those things.

“It doesn’t hurt or bother me at all. It’s just there. I get asked about it a lot. It’s a conversation starter … The only thing that is dangerous is that it could reconstruct my face, like my facial features and stuff. But they’ve kept it under control.”

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