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Continued: One wrestler's victory, another's hug make for two winners

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 14, 2014 - 6:37 AM

Malik has dreams, too. He hopes to one day study at the University of Wisconsin and become an anesthesiologist. He says he relies on the role models in his life — his mother, stepfather and coaches — for inspiration.

Steve McKee suggests Malik glance in the mirror next time he’s looking for inspiration.

“Quite a gesture,” McKee said. “He had us both in tears.”


Paul Levy • 612-673-4419


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