St. Michael-Albertville sophomore Mitchell McKee heads straight to his father, Steve, after winning the individual state wrestling championship. Mitch had requested that his dad be close to the mat for his final match and the High School League obliged, providing Steve McKee, who is in a battle for his life with cancer, a seat in the front row near mat number two, normally off limits to spectators. “I wanted him to be close to me for my finals match. He has been with me every step of the way in my wrestling career,” Mitch said. (Sun staff photos by Jason Olson)
After a fairly close semifinal match where he beat undefeated Alex Lloyd of Shakopee by a score of 6-2, STMA’s Mitch McKee took care of business in quick and dominant fashion, in the finals, pinning Malik Stewart of Blaine in the first period for the state title. McKee bee-lined for his father, Steve, and gave him a lengthy embrace as the entire crowd rose to their feet. To add to the sentiment, McKee’s opponent Stewart followed him over to Steve McKee and also gave him a hug, a true show of sportsmanship.