ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A dream came true for a Minnesota family at the state wrestling tournament, even when the odds weren’t in their favor.
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Her son, John, made qualified for the state wrestling tournament at 170 pounds.
“It’s been my dream ever since I was in kindergarten,” he said.
But Julie didn’t think she’d be able to go.
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“I don’t want to say it because I’m a macho guy, but I cried,” John said.
A hotel room was booked and suite was secured at the Xcel Energy Center.
“I saw his first match and now I get to see the end,” Julie said.
When the moment finally came, John wrestled hard, but came up short.
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“This was my year to go and my mom was here to watch me,” John said.