A Minnesota high school wrestler showed the crowd the true meaning of a champion after a tough loss in the state championship match, news station KARE 11 reports.
After losing the title to Mitchell McKee, Malik Stewart went over and embraced McKee’s father, Steve, who is battling terminal cancer.
“I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through,” Malik told the news station.
“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.”
Malik knew the enormity and the importance of Mitchell McKee’s victory, who had vowed to win a state championship to honor his father. Malik lost his father to a heart attack when he was only 7.