Wrestler Hugs Opponent’s Cancer-Stricken Dad After Losing State Championship
A Minnesota wrestler hugged his opponent's cancer-stricken dad after losing the state championship match. Instead leaving the match as a loser and being upset, the second place wrestler showed class. There are still positive youth proving naysayers wrong.
Malik Stewart, a sophomore at Blaine High School, walked over to his opponent's dad after losing to shake his hand and give him a hug. Mitchell McKee won the state championship and was excited as you would expect but did foresee his opponents classy move.
The entire crowd gave Malik positive feedback and cheers for his act of kindness and sportsmanship. According to the NYDailyNews, Malik detailed the entire incident saying,
“He won,” Stewart said of opponent Mitchell McKee. “He was pretty proud, and his dad was pretty proud. So I went over there and I shook his hand, embraced him a little bit, and told him to stay strong and everybody loves him.”
“I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through,” Stewart added. “The crowd went wild and I heard a couple people say after I did it - that was pretty classy - but I just did it straight from the heart.”
McKee's father has been given just a few months to live and his son's victory was golden. McKee and Malik were both made champions that day and everyone was inspired by everyone involved.
“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.”
Here is proof that positivity still exist in our society. With so much junk like twerking, misguided parents, and misinformed youth, it is great to see what Malik did. I truly believe he was sincere in his actions and deserves the recognition. Good job Malik.