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High school wrestlers find wedding ring that owner thought was lost forever

WOODS CROSS — A Utah woman who lost her wedding ring during one of the biggest snowstorms of the season now has it back on her finger 2 ½ months later, thanks to the unexpected help of some high school wrestlers.

Meridee McFalls said she wasn’t sure where her ring vanished the morning of Dec. 14, when 2 feet of snow buried areas of the Wasatch Front.

“I was bringing my daughter down to Woods Cross High,” McFalls recalled. “All the snow fell from my roof down to my windshield.”

She said she got out and cleared the snow away, then continued on to drop off another child at Adelaide Elementary in Bountiful, where she helped multiple drivers who were stuck in the snow.

“Got home and some branches had broken at my house, ran around the yard fixing all of that,” McFalls recalled. “By the time I got to work, I realized I did not have (the ring) on any longer.”

McFalls said she felt lost, given the ring’s significance.

“My mom passed away in 2009, we got married in 2011, so my dad took the stone from my mom’s ring and gave it to my husband to be able to be placed in my ring,” McFalls explained. “So, (it was) a very costly ring to just fly off.”

McFalls, with the help of others, used metal detectors to search for the ring. She checked pawn shops. She left pictures of her ring at the places she stopped that morning, and she posted messages on social media.

“Unfortunately, lots of rings have been found, and I kept getting tagged on Facebook for a whole bunch of other people’s rings,” she said.

None of those rings belonged to her.

On Feb. 22, more than two months after the ring disappeared, McFalls received a call from Woods Cross High School.

“It was the secretary who told me it must have got found over the weekend — that they had my ring here,” McFalls said.

Some members of the high school’s wrestling team are now credited with the find. Thomas Gordy said he was helping carry a wrestling mat outside, when teammate Logan Paxton spotted something shiny along a sidewalk on the east side of the school.

“I called ‘dibs’ and I just grabbed it,” Gordy said. “My mom was joking — she said because I’m shorter I was able to get to it faster.”

It was McFalls' ring, deposited some distance from where she recalled pulling up to the school that December morning.

“I showed my coach, and we were looking at it, and it was a really nice ring, and we’re like, ‘We need to turn this in, you know,’” Gordy said.

He said he nearly lost the ring himself while wrestling.

“I felt bad, because I got into the car and I was going to tell my mom,” Gordy said. “I was like, ‘Hey mom, I found this ring.’”

Fortunately, Gordy said his coach found it the second time and turned it over to the main office.

“I’ve had that before where you lose something and never get it back,” Gordy said. “Just to have something that important to be brought back to you, I just thought that was cool.”

McFalls said she was “so excited” and grateful for the team effort that led to her ring being found.

“You’re right, it’s not about individuals,” McFalls said as she put her arm around Gordy. “But you are still my new best friend! Thank you so much!”

McFalls said she had her ring resized, so it hopefully will not leave her finger again anytime soon.