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December 12, 2018 True Sportsmanship
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Hand-in-hand, Lucas Lacina and Dalton Miller walked to the center of the wrestling mat at West Branch Middle School. The two walked onto the mat as ordinary middle school students, they walked off as beacons of sportsmanship.

Lucas, who has cerebral palsy, joined the West Branch wrestling team this season for the first time. His participation in the sport was part of his individual education plan to get him involved with his peers in a school sport. The team has fully embraced him and has used his go-getter attitude as a source of motivation.

“He is just a fighter, and it is kind of cool to see. Lucas faces an uphill battle at times, but that drive and motivation keeps him on an even playing field,” Ben Holub, West Branch Middle School coach, said.

Here’s where Dalton Miller entered the picture. Mid-Prairie was wrestling West Branch for the second time this season, and the Golden Hawks had seen Lacina win his first ever match against a teammate. That’s when a plan was hatched to give Lacina the experience of beating an opponent from another school.

Miller, a seventh-grade student at Mid-Prairie Middle School, showed no hesitation when he was asked by coach Dylan Walther to wrestle in the match. Miller had seen Lacina wrestle a fellow West Branch student at their last meet against West Branch and immediately said yes to a match with him.

A quick conversation between Walther, Miller and Holub prior to the bout planned the match out. The two would wrestle for a minute before Miller would eventually get pinned by Lacina.

The match wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for Miller, who said sportsmanship is one of the most important parts of wrestling.

“You’re supposed to have great sportsmanship when you’re wrestling — no matter what. It’s just the normal thing to do,” he said.

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