UB Wrestler Defies the Odds

September 27, 2013 Updated May 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM EDT

By Laura Gray

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 9, 2010 at 9:09 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Dan Bishop was having a great senior year. He had a close group of friends, and was expected to win a mat championship for UB's wrestling team. But it was at that match in Michigan on March 6th when his life took an unexpected twist. At the start of the second period, Bishop stood up. He tells us that his opponent lifted him, and Bishop landed right on the back of his neck.

The pain was excruciating. It was shooting out from the ends of his fingertips and his toes. Then, Bishop went numb.

Bishop underwent emergency surgery for an inflammation to his spinal cord. A metal plate was permanently screwed in to support his spine.

Doctors thought it would take 6 months before Danny would stand on his own. Danny, with the support of his parents, was determined to heal. His recovery amazed family, friends, and doctors.

Sunday, just 2 months after this devastating injury, Danny Bishop will walk across the stage and graduate from college. Danny is from Whitehall, New York, he is going to stick around Buffalo to mentor the wresting team.

Bishop's doctors say he's 65 percent healed. He can walk for about an hour, but then gets fatigued. So he still has a long way to go, but when he's ready to work he'll have a degree in sociology from UB.