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Chasing a championship for Kody [Video]

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When the high school wrestling season began, Kody Neill of Holly had one simple goal. He wanted to qualify for the state high school wrestling tournament.

He never got that chance.

An auto accident on Dec. 27, 2008 claimed his life, but it couldn’t take his memory from his teammates and coach.

“Everyday at practice I still look for him to walk through the doors with that smile on his face,” Lyndon Wagner, coach of the Holly wrestling team, said.

“Oh, I know he’s with me,” Hayden Nordyke, a teammate of Kody’s, said. “I’ve even said sometimes I feel him with me when I get a little boost. I know that’s him, that he’s pushing me.”

Six wrestlers on the Holly team qualified for the state high school wrestling tournament. They will have the support of many from the town, including Kody’s family. As the individual wrestlers competed on the mat, Kyle and Gale Neill cheered them on.

“His dad will even come into the wrestling room and sit there and watch because there’s a piece of Kody in every single one of those wrestlers and he sees that,” Wagner said.

The loss of Kody has also driven the team to exceed expectation.

“I’ve never seen this team wrestle like this in my life,” Kyle Neill said. “You can tell they’ve go Kody in their hearts.”

Read more and watch this very well-done and touching story: Chasing championships and memories


Written by allpositivenews

02/22/2009 at 1:51 am

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  1. What a moving piece about wrestling. WIsconsin hosts the WIAA state tourney this weekend and our family has a tradition of taking in the tourney and then all comeing to stay at our house each night after the last round is over. You might enjoy my latest blog on this…it is all about loving this sport and the families that make it so meaningful.

    A. Woz

    02/22/2009 at 4:53 pm

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