Minnesota Wrestler’s Graceful Act of Sportsmanship

When St. Michael Albertville High School wrestler Mitchell McKee pinned Blaine High School’s Malik Stewart in the 120 pound final at the Minnesota State High School Wrestling Championships, events after the match caused quite a stir. You see, McKee’s father is battling terminal cancer. Mitchell’s dream of winning the title for his dad came through in dramatic fashion.

That alone would’ve made for a great story. But, wait, there’s more.

Malik Stewart hugging it out
Malik Stewart embraces opponent’s father

The defeated wrestler, Malik Stewart, could’ve easily walked away from the scene disappointed in his loss. What he did next though moved some folks in the crowd to tears.

After his loss, Malik congratulated Mitchell and told him to stay strong. He then proceed to shake the hands of Mitchell’s coaches and dashed over to Mitchell’s dad for a handshake and an embrace.


After that, Mitchell had the opportunity to hug his father. The crowd showed their appreciation for the match and this touching scene with a standing ovation. Stewart could appreciate the strong emotions as his own father had passed away from a heart attack.

“When you go out there, you want to win, but if you don’t win, you have got to be a good sport and you be polite. That’s the biggest part,” said Stewart per a Kare 11 report.

This inspirational story has gone viral with it being showcased on national morning TV shows, newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, and more. Stewart’s loss on the mats will be forgotten long before his graceful act of sportsmanship.

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