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Wrestler wins crowd with kind heart

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OCONTO FALLS (WKOW) -- A middle school wrestler from North Eastern Wisconsin is proving that a little kindness goes a long way. 

Eighth-grader Isaac Diaz is a competitive wrestler at Washington Middle School. His coach, Mike Bramer, says he's very physical and very passionate about the sport. 

"Last year, he took second at state," Bramer said, "and he's got a bigger drive to take that first place." 

But it's not Isaac's skills on the mat that caught people's attention at a youth tournament last weekend. 

"I just had this one thing that popped into my head," Isaac said. "I wanted to just make this kid feel happy and feel like a champion."

Isaac approached Lisa Cherek and her son, Brock, who's in a wheelchair and has limited communication. 

"He said, 'would you mind if, after my next match, when I win it, if I could give him my trophy,'" Cherek said. "I just looked at him and said, 'are you serious?' because we've never had that ever happen before." 

So this time Isaac took to the mat with new inspiration. After he won, like he predicted, he pointed to Brock and his family who are especially touched by the middle schooler's offering because they had never even met. 

"Isaac just saw something in Brock, and just did an amazing act of kindness to make Brock feel like anybody else."

The trophy and Isaac's headband now sit at the Cherek home, with Brock's name on the back. Isaac hopes the small act inspires others. 

"I just want people to know that being kind is just so amazing, it makes people's days. It makes them happy and I just want people to do this more often so I can see I did something right for once." 

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