Malik Stewart


For every story that makes you feel pretty gross (like Lindsay Lohan's supposed list of sexual conquests), there's a story like this that makes you feel nothing but good inside.

Malik Stewart, a sophomore from Blaine High School in St. Paul, Minn., lost in the state high school wrestling championship this past weekend. But instead of retreating to the locker room to sulk over his defeat, Stewart did something that shocked the entire crowed.

He hugged his opponent, Mitchell McKee, and then he went over to Mitchell's father, Steve McKee, and gave him a hug and a handshake, too.

Why did this high school student show so much affection and respect toward the kid who just beat him?

Because he knew that Mitchell's dad was battling terminal cancer and only had months to live, and he was aware that that was more important than a wrestling victory.

"[McKee] won. 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," Stewart told NBC's Kare 11. "I got a little teary because I lost the match and I knew the hard times he was going through."

Not only was Stewart aware of what McKee was going through, but he knew from firsthand experience how traumatic it is to lose a father. He lost his dad when he was only 7 years old.

"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," Stewart said.

Mitchell, a St. Michael Albertville High School sophomore, was hoping to win the state championship in honor of his ailing father.

"I prayed, 'God help me win this match' so I can go win a state title for my dad," said McKee, who called Stewart's actions "really respectful."

"You see kids, they lose and throw their headgear, they sit and pout, [but] first thoughts through [Stewart's] mind are to congratulate Mitchell, congratulate the coach and shake the dad's hand, so that was fantastic," Stewart's head coach Josh Prokosch said. "For a sophomore in high school he can see a lot of the big picture which is pretty rare nowadays."

You can watch the entire news segment below, but be warned, you will most definitely cry.

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