There was a lot more to the hug that Mitchell McKee gave younger brother Patrick than just congratulations following Patrick’s 9-4 victory over Mound Westonka’s Aaron Cashman in the Class 3A 106-pound final of the state wrestling championships Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
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“I don’t know when the last time he’s hugged me like that,” said Patrick, a St. Michael-Albertville sophomore. “Probably two years ago, when we were going through everything with my dad. I think he was more happy for me than I was when he won his first championship.”
It was Steve McKee who left the hospital, where he was being treated for cancer, to watch son Mitchell, then a sophomore, win his first state championship in 2014. Steve passed away later that year, but the parallels, with Patrick getting his first title at the same age, are too big to deny. Continue reading at www.mnwrestlinghub.com