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Wrestler loses match, moves crowd with kind act

A Teen Wrestler's Act Of Kindness Brought A Crowd To Tears

Last week, the Class 3-A State High School Wrestling Championship was held in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The final match for the 120-lb. weight class was between St. Michael Albertville High School sophomore Mitchell McKee and Blaine High School sophomore Malik Stewart. Adding even more weight to match, Mitchell's father was in the audience. He's been battling terminal cancer and doctors have given him only two months to live.

Photo: Vanessa Schuleter
One minute and 22 seconds into the match, Mitchell pinned Malik. But rather than storm off the mat, Malik did something that brought the audience to tears. He embraced Mitchell's father and told him that he was loved. Malik understands what Mitchell and his family are going through. When he was only 7 years old, he lost his dad after a heart attack.

The crowd gave Mitchell and Malik a standing ovation, because both are star athletes.

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bfox1129 March 12 2014 at 4:36 PM

Sportsmanship has no boundaries. A class act by any measure.

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chacheebutt March 12 2014 at 4:27 PM

wow is all you can really say im the same age as them and i dont think ive ever seen any sportsmanship like that... ever

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jdonoh4 March 12 2014 at 4:25 PM

He was 7 when he lost his father to a heart attack. He's a good kid and knew what the right thing to do was. I lost my big brother in 1999, and believe me, it really opened up my eyes.

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geri gordon March 12 2014 at 4:20 PM

I'm proud of both young men for showing good sportsmanship on and off the court. .. Wonderful examples for other young people in sports; and especially the game of life. Malik is truly a class act!

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tjgal March 12 2014 at 4:05 PM

Total class act. I'm from Minnesota and it's the way (most) kids are here. So glad it's made national news.

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smm571709 March 12 2014 at 4:04 PM

If you know anything about high school wrestling you know that Malik is one class act to make that sort of gesture after losing and Mitchell did what any son would do, try his very best to win a state championship in front of his failing Dad. Malik intentionally throwing the match, NOT A CHANCE. He simply got beat by a better opponent that day but simply showed what he was made of by embracing Mitchell's Dad. The one ray of hope that I see -- Being that both of them are sophmores that these two stellar athletes will meet again one day for another championship match.

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boatallday March 12 2014 at 5:37 PM

I wish there were more young men like that. They are very special!

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DennisTheMenace March 12 2014 at 5:14 PM

THIS KIND OF ACT IS ONE THAT SHOWS HOW HIS MOTHER RAISED HIM. SHE CAN BE VERY PROUD OF HER SON. OUR YOUTH CAN TAKE A VALUABLE LESSON FROM MALIK....THE LESSON OF HOW TO BE A CLASSY GENTLEMAN. GOD BLESS MALIK AND GOD BLESS THE FATHER OF MITCHELL. DENNIS IN WORCESTER MA

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travelshelton DennisTheMenace March 12 2014 at 5:21 PM

Well said sir...

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fosterbowe March 12 2014 at 5:13 PM

What a good kid! The world needs more young men like this!

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topfuel130 March 12 2014 at 5:10 PM

That's a classy young man!

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