Lost a lifelong Hawk fan yesterday

Discussion in 'Iowa Wrestling' started by Mattski, Jul 15, 2018.

  1. Mattski

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    My Dad, who posted here occasionally and read this board frequently, lost a courageous battle with cancer yesterday. He fought till the end like only a former wrestler could. He helped me fall in love with the sport in the early 90s and we had so many amazing memories involving Hawkeye wrestling. Multiple trips to nationals and big tens and countless duals and I'll never forget being up at the dome with him for the amazing record setting championship performance in 97. Just electric and emotional and everything you could ask for in a sporting event. So thankful we shared that together.
    He was sometimes critical but it was bc of his love for the sport, the Hawkeyes, the Gable legacy and his desire for Iowa to be on top.
    I'll miss him constantly but especially during wrestling season.
     
  2. IRONBIRD

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    Sorry man! Best thing I can say is enjoy all the great memories! God bless you Dad and your family and friends!
     
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    Very sorry to hear that Matt. God bless u and your family.
     
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    Also very sorry to hear, but thanks for sharing that and God bless you and your family.

    Your relationship with your dad reminds me a lot of mine, and I’m sure there are countless other Iowa wrestling fans out there who feel the same way. Wrestling is such a gut-wrenching (pardon the pun) and character-building sport that it lends itself especially to building those parent-child relationships and memories that will last a lifetime.
     
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    That sucks, Mattski. Very sorry to hear but thankful for the great memories you have with your dad.
     
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    Sorry to here about the loss your father. Sounds like your family and the cesspool lost a good one.
     
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    Sorry to hear that, but if your dad’s situation was anything like my mom’s, her health was bad for the last year so they are in a better place. Again my Ts & Ps.
     
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    Always dislike hearing news like that. Prayers for you and your family
     
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    Thoughts and prayers.
     
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    Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
     
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    Prayers are with you and your family
     
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    Mattski very sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. Keep sharing those memories and the stories he told you they are precious. Be proud you built a lasting bond with your dad.
     
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    x2. Sorry to hear this news, but be glad that you have the great memories that you do.
     
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    Thank you for all the responses guys. Dad posted under MNkids2IA handle as he was an Iowan that got transplanted to southern MN about 25 years ago. He loved seeing guys like the Eustice boys, Falck, Stoll wrestle in high school then choose the hawks. He was m pumped about Kennedy choosing the Hawks. So thankful for the all times we spent with Hawkeye nation cheering on the Hawks and loving the sport.
     
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    i liked that guy, no bull crap
     
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    Matt

    Sorry to hear of this. When I lost my Dad, I had this overwhelming sense of now "being alone". Best to you and all the family
     
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    Sorry for your loss
     
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    I feel your pain brother hang tough
     
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    Sorry bro. Will keep your family in my prayers.
     
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    Sorry for your loss Matt..
     
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    Yeah this is really hitting today. I've got a great wife and 3 great kids but it's like a big part of me is missing now. Thanks for sharing this.
     
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    Thank you for sharing your post. My best to you.
     
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    Godspeed my friend.
     
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    Thanks for your post, Matt!

    GO HAWKS!
     
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