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After losing the state title, high school wrestler Malik Stewart (L) congratulates his opponent’s father, who is battling terminal cancer .

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.

"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," Mitchell said. "Really respectful."


According to the news station, it was tough to find a dry eye in the house. See the special moment below:

Watch at KARE 11 .

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