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Going to the Mat is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered on March 19, 2004.

Plot

Jason Newfield is the new blind student at his school, whose family recently moved from New York City to somewhere in Utah. Thinking that his way to fit in is through playing the drums, he shows off in class only to find out that his band teacher, Mason Wyatt, is also blind.

He later finds out from one of his friends, Vincent Shu, that the only way to fit in is to be a jock. However, his other friend, Mary Beth Rice, is becoming increasingly irritated by his "New Yorker's rule!" jokes and tells him that the reason no one is willing to be his friend is not because he is blind but because he is acting like a jerk. So in an effort to help Jason fit in, she asks him to try out for the wrestling team. Vincent unwillingly tries out for the team with Jason, and they both make it.

Throughout the course of the season he slowly starts to fit in with some of the students that gave him a hard time at the beginning of his year at the school. At the end of the season, they go on to the state championship. It ends with a reporter interviewing Jason's teammates about his wrestling; they deny that he is even blind, because they realize that he is a significant person, and they accept him for who he is and not just a blind person, which is what they saw at first.

Cast

Response

The film is one of the most critically acclaimed Disney movies, garnering a Directors Guild Award for Stuart Gillard and a Humanitas Award Writing nomination for Chris and Laurie Nolan. It was also one of the highest rated Disney Channel movies on IMDb.

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