“I could hear when his teeth would hit my skull, I could feel when he’d bite down on my bones and they’d kind of crunch.” -Kendall Cummings
Those brave Northwest College wrestlers who made national news after fighting off a grizzly attack sat down with Good Morning America to describe their ordeal and do they ever have a story to tell. The gruesome attack went down in Cody, Wyoming, when the group crossed paths with a grizzly while shed antler hunting.
Brady Lowry was the first to come in contact with the griz as it charged him and tackled him off a cliff into a gully below. It got hold of his arm and broke it. Seeing Lowry in the jaws of a grizzly, his teammate Kendall Cummings snapped into action and fought to get the bear off:
“I grabbed and yanked him hard by the ear.” –Kendall Cummings
The bear then turned its attention on Cummings before it relented and took off into the wilderness. Both men underwent multiple surgeries after sustaining major lacerations to the body and face. Lowry suffered a broken arm. Banged up for sure but the wrestlers consider themselves lucky to have survived and know that their bond with last a lifetime:
“I don’t know what I’m going to pay him back, I don’t. I owe him everything.We’ll be best friends for the rest of our lives.” -Brad Lowry
These are some tough kids who compete in a tough sport that overcame a tough situation. Not a lot of humans walking the earth that can say they fought off a grizzly bear with their bare hands:
“I’m just glad we have each other still; glad all four of us walk off that mountain. I don’t think anyone else lesser than a wrestling team with a bond like we have – they wouldn’t have handled it as well as we did.” –Brady Lowry