Indiana infant Ruby Lewis was a mere four years old when she stepped on to a wrestling mat in the state’s Columbia City for her very first grapple in late 2017. But it turned out that her little brother was not totally on board for the big bout. Which is why, partway through the contest, the younger Lewis showed the Columbia crowd his feelings over the fight in no uncertain terms. And the Midwest audience, and later the online world, thought the little guy’s impromptu performance was a total knock-out.
The Lewis family live in the small city of Plymouth, IN. The 30-something mom and dad, Crystal and Joel, are parents to four children. But it was a sporting encounter involving the two youngest Lewis kids, Ruby and Jash, one Sunday in December 2017 which caused a bit of a stir online. And the fun all started when Ruby was entered in to a mini wrestling match.
Actually, it is no surprise that the kids in the Lewis family are all into wrestling. After all, their dad was once an enthusiastic grappler. Joel’s second-youngest child, Ruby, was just four years old when she followed in her father’s footsteps and was entered into a wrestling competition. And her biggest fan, baby brother Jash, was just two. But what transpired on the mat that December day certainly made Ruby’s debut bout an occasion to be remembered by all concerned.
However, the wrestling match was not made memorable by any conventional sporting drama. But, luckily for posterity, a member of the audience was on hand to film the entire episode on their smartphone, so now we can all share in the fun. The footage captured an hilarious moment of sports magic which ended up online and was then covered heavily on TV news reports.
The video opens with Ruby facing her opponent, a little boy of a similar age called Ryan, in the middle of what looks to be a school gymnasium. A circle of people are seen sitting around, watching the action. But as the mini wrestlers get into the contest and perform some of their best moves, something totally unexpected happens from out of leftfield.
In the audience that Sunday was Ruby’s little brother, Jash. He may have only been two years old at the time, but he was watching his sister’s bout with a keen interest. Nevertheless, as subsequent events make plain, it appears that Jash may not have had a full grasp of this wrestling thing.
At one point early on in the video, Ruby – who is seen dressed in pink – gets thrown by her opponent. And just as Ryan attempts to capitalize on his move, it happens. A tiny blur is seen streaking into the ring. To everyone’s surprise and delight, the miniature intruder is none other than Ruby’s little brother.
And, judging by the resultant footage, Jash certainly meant business. We see the toddler dash towards the two wrestlers, and when the boy gets close enough, he launches himself into the middle of the fight. Jash’s main intention is clear – to get Ryan away from his big sister.
Then, we witness a second intruder enter the fray. It is daddy Joel and he makes a beeline for his two-year-old charge. The frantic father quickly scoops the toddler up and removes him from the scene. Needless to say, but everyone in the sports hall is laughing hysterically by this point.
Indeed, just as Jash is jerked away from the grapple, we hear an audience member reference the uproar and hilarity. “That is the best thing I’ve ever seen,” the spectator says to another observer, as the referee gets the wrestling match up and running once more.
It was clear from the video that little Jash had thought that this big sister was in a spot of trouble. And seeing Ruby being thrown to the floor triggered the most adorable reaction in the little lad. The runaway toddler had obviously raced into the ring in order to save his elder sibling from harm.
His mom later told reporters from local South Bend TV channel WNDU about how her own reactions were just not quick enough to stop Jash’s intervention. Crystal described how he “took off like lightning” before either she or her husband were able to stop the spirited soul.
Crystal also recalled to the cameras about how the incident made her and Joel “crack up” laughing – along with most of the other wrestling fans in the room. And then, once the video appeared online, the mirth momentum increased, and soon plenty of other people were laughing along with them.
Tori Prendergast, the mom of Ruby’s wrestling opponent, Ryan, hosted the wrestling footage on her Facebook page with an amusing caption. She waggishly wrote, “When the girl you’re wrestling has a tough little brother, don’t mess with his sister.” And once the uproarious update had been posted, Prendergast watched as the likes begin to roll in.
Nonetheless, it was not just Facebook users who got to enjoy the wickedly funny wrestling clip. Journalists from local news stations also came across the footage online and it was not long before the story appeared on TV bulletins. ABC News and Fox News were just two of the outlets that loved the video enough to report on it in some form.
When Huffington Post approached Prendergast for comment, she described Jash as “cute” for attempting to save his sister from what he presumably thought was a real-life fight. And the mom of the opposing wrestler also expressed her admiration for Ruby’s number-one fan.
Indeed, Prendergast explained, “I only have boys, but if I had a daughter, I hope they would protect their sister like that.” And when Jash’s mom herself was interviewed by WNDU, Crystal also remarked on her two-year-old’s protectiveness over Ruby, despite him being so much younger.
Not only that, but Crystal told the cameras about her children’s amazing lack of jealousy over one another. Which is something pretty unusual in a crowd of four kids. The mom said, “Some people’s kids are jealous of the next sibling down, and [none] of mine have ever been that way. They’re always like, ‘That’s my sister.’ ‘That’s my brother…’”
But while Ruby and Jash may not suffer much too envy on each other’s behalf, there is still a good chance that they will be competitive in the future when it comes to wrestling. Although Jash is too young to officially compete at the moment, Crystal said that he is keen on rough and tumble at home and is forever trying on the protective grapple gear in preparation.
Nevertheless, judging by the wrestle-meet footage, it seems likely that the two Lewis kids will always have each other’s backs. Jash has shown that he is always looking out for his big sister, while in return, Ruby is known at home to raid the snack cupboard and share the goodies with her smaller sibling. And with a protective little brother like Jash on her team, young Ruby is already on to a winner.