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Former Penn wrestler gets part in major Hollywood movie

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Mikey Witous Mikey Witous

Back in 2010 there was a Penn wrestler who worked really hard, but had his career cut short because of a spinal condition.  It was a sad story because he had to leave the sport he loved the day before his 18th birthday.

One thing Mikey Witous has always done is persevere.  He's stayed in wrestling as a middle school coach.  And now he's taking his talents to the big screen.  He tried out and won a role in "Oz the Great and Powerful.  Mikey plays one of the Munchkins in the prequel to the Wizard of Oz.

"I think the only reason I really got it was being athletic from doing wrestling in the past and football. Just being in shape at the time and still am sort of, I'm a little less in shape then I was back then. But just being in shape they looked at me and said you're definitely in shape and you can definitely do the stunt work we need you to do. Your body can take it, you're in good enough shape that we can hire you for this," Mikey said.

"Oz" comes out next week and stars James Franko, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams.  It's expected to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.  Funny how sports played a big role in him getting his big role.

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