Two Inspiring Examples of Class, Sportsmanship and Respect: Wrestling & Hockey

Here are two stories that are tremendous examples of class from the world of High School sports. In particular, wrestling and hockey.

They speak for themselves.

This is what it means to be virtuous … one an example of virtue in defeat and one an example in victory.

Both are needed. Both are difficult to practice.

Let’s celebrate this type of TRUE STRENGTH with our staff, players and family members.

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Wrestler Inspires With Sportsmanship After Losing In State Title Match 
by: ThePostGame Staff

A high school wrestler's amazing gesture after a loss in the state championship match brought tears to the eyes of many spectators, and it's not hard to see why.

After falling to Mitchell McKee in Minnesota's 120-pound class, Malik Stewart went over and embraced McKee's father, Steve, who is battling terminal cancer.

 
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"I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through," Stewart told KARE 11. "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."

As it turns out, Stewart can relate to what Mitchell McKee is going through. Stewart's father suffered a heart attack and died when Stewart was 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," McKee said. "Really respectful."

 
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By Peter Wallner

What happened after Friday’s Grandville-Detroit Catholic Central state Division 1 semifinal game carried one of the most lasting impressions from an emotionally charged evening following the death of Ryan Fischer.

In the final seconds as Detroit Catholic Central closed out a 3-0 victory at Compuware Arena, Grandville fans stood, cheered and raised both hands with index fingers pointed, a tribute to the No. 11 jersey worn by Fischer.

As the applause died down, the Bulldogs gathered at their goal. Seconds later, players from Detroit Catholic Central skated over and joined them in prayer in what was a stirring moment together.

Afterward, Grandville coach Joel Breazeale asked for prayers for the Fischer family and “to honor the young man by playing with the great amount of passion and sportsmanship shown not only by our team, but from Detroit Catholic Central as well.”

 
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Let us remember to keep Ryan and his family in our prayers. 
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By Brian McVicar

GRANDVILLE, MI - The Grandville High School hockey team on Saturday thanked the community for its outpouring of support in the wake of team member Ryan Fischer’s death, saying the players couldn’t “imagine going through something like this without you.”

In a note posted on Facebook, the team also said it was proud of how its players handled themselves on the ice Friday night as they went head-to-head with Detroit Catholic Central in the state Division 1 semifinals.

“The circumstances surrounding this game were almost unbearable,” the note said of the game, which Grandville lost 3-0. “The boys took a deep breath and were able to compose themselves to play a game that they should all be very proud of.”

Fischer, 17, died in his sleep Friday – the same day the hockey team co-captain was to lead Grandville into the semifinal game.

The high school senior, who’s remembered by friends and family as a loving son, a caring friend and a "model person,” will be laid to rest Wednesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Grandville.

An autopsy conducted Friday morning at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital said Fischer died of an enlarged heart.

Fischer’s death prompted an outpouring of support for his family, friends and teammates. And the gestures of goodwill didn’t escape Fischer’s teammates and coaches, who in the Facebook message thanked “everyone who took the time to write notes of encouragement.”

“The last 30 or so hours have been long and filled with so many tears, hugs, prayers and absolute heartbreak,” the note said. “The shock may be over now but the process of grieving now begins.”