Editorial: Tigers, others showed good sportsmanship

Published 9:41 am Friday, March 4, 2016


Hats off to the Albert Lea, United South Central and NRHEG wrestlers and coaches who showed noteworthy sportsmanship at last weekend’s state wrestling tournament in St. Paul.

Whether they won or lost matches, these boys did so graciously.

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All of the area wrestlers except for now three-time state champion Garrett Aldrich lost at least one match. Though they were surely disappointed when they had a loss, these wrestlers remained good representatives of their schools. Some even hugged their opponents after losing their matches.

This can’t be said for all of the other wrestlers there that weekend.

The coaches, too, can be credited for setting good examples for their wrestlers. When referees made calls they didn’t agree with, the coaches stood up for their wrestlers — but did so respectfully.

Another noteworthy moment of the tournament came in the crowd’s reaction after Kasson-Mantorville’s Brady Berge had to be carried off the mat and into a training room after he broke his leg during a match. Clearly hurt and disappointed that his hopes of winning a fourth state title were dashed, Berge cried as he was carried out by his coach.

The crowd gave the wrestler a standing ovation not once, but twice — first when he was carried out to seek medical attention, and second when he returned from the hospital with his leg in a cast.

Good sportsmanship is important, not only in this sport but in life, too. Though we may wish otherwise, not everything will always go the way we like. It’s how we handle life’s ups and downs that matters.