Prep Wrestler Loses State Title Match, Embraces Opponent's Sick Father

Friday March 7th, 2014

Mitchell McKee of St. Michael Albertville High School wanted to win his Minnesota state high school wrestling championship for his father Steve, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He won. And the moment was made even more poignant thanks to his opponent, Malik Stewart, who went to straight to McKee's father right after losing:

"I went through the same thing when I was younger but my dad didn't pass by cancer. It was by a heart attack, so I know what he is going through," said Stewart, who said his dad died when he was seven years old.

"It was a big match for him and to be able to hug my dad like that and not be mad and storm off like a lot of kids do," said McKee. "Really respectful."

The crowd immediately recognized the power of both gestures, breaking out in a standing ovation.

h/t Jason
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