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Trending this week is a heart-warming story from our neighbors in St Paul. The Class 3A High School State Wrestling Championship in Minnesota ended with a standing ovation and few dry eyes. There was much emotion even before the final match in the 120 lb category. One of the wrestlers, Mitchell McKee, wanted to win the state title for his father, who is battling terminal cancer and was given just months to live. Here's what happened next.

"Now there's some in his lungs." When Mitchell McKee learned there was no match for his Dad's cancer, he practiced and prayed. "Before every match I say, 'God help me win this match,' so I can go win a state title for my Dad."

The St. Michael Albertville sophomore found himself living that dream this weekend, at the 120 pound state championship at the Xcel Energy Center, facing a well-known opponent.

"I knew I'd have to wrestle a little bit better," says sophomore Malik Stewart.

But a little more than a minute in, "I pinned him." says McKee. Mitchell locked Malik to the mat.

"He won, and I knew he was pretty proud. I know his dad was pretty proud, so I went over there and I shook his hand, embraced him a little bit. I told him to stay strong, and everybody loves him." says Stewart.

Losing the state title, Malik could have walked away, but what he did next, not only stunned his coach but the arena.

"He took that upon himself to run over. He knew Mitchell's father was over there and he ran over and gave him a hug, congratulated him." says Josh Prokosch, Blaine Bengal's head wrestling Coach.

"The crowd went wild. I heard a couple of people as I did it say that it was pretty classy, but I just did it straight from the heart,"  says Stewart.

And then it was Mitchell's turn to hug his Dad.

"Everything you've been wanting to happen all year just comes together in one moment." says McKee.

And Malik understood.

"I went through the same thing when I was younger, but my dad didn't pass by cancer. It was by a heart attack, so I know what he is going through." says Stewart.

"It was a really big match for him to be able to go over and hug my dad like that and not be mad and storm off like a lot of kids do." says Prokosch.

Two opponents bound by a greater loss, and the strategy of heart, created more than one champion that day.

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