He Wanted to Win State for His Dying Dad—But What His Opponent Did After Losing, Won the Day for Everyone

“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.”

When it was McKee’s turn to hug his dad, people in the crowd cried, stood and clapped.

Josh Prokosch, Blaine’s head wrestling coach, said Stewart took it upon himself to congratulate McKee’s dad.

“You see kids, they lose and throw their headgear, they sit and pout. First thoughts through his mind, are to congratulate Mitchell, congratulate the coach and shake the dad’s hand so that was fantastic,” Prokosch said. “For a sophomore in high school he can see a lot of the big picture, which is pretty rare nowadays.”

Stewart said he knows he will face McKee again, and is focused on his goal of winning two state titles.

“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,” Stewart said.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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