A wrestler on the team I coach was informed of the passing of his dad by his mom before he was supposed to wrestle. His mom and dad were divorced and they were just starting to patch up the father son relationship. He was very shaken up, as was his mom and they had to leave. I called and checked on both of them tonight and he said he was fine, but it is not like a 8th grade boy just spills his feelings. Another factor is the history of his brothers. One robbed a bank, but has now turned his life around, and one robbed a drug dealer. I am concerned that a factor such as this may push him down the wrong path. He needs all the help he can get to avoid drugs and alcohol and any other thing that may tempt him. I just don't know what to say. I just gave his mom and him a hug and told them to call me if they need anything and that I would call them later. What do you say to a kid that has lost his father? I don't know. One bright side to the story is the attitude of one of his opponents. He had beat him before and in all probability it would go the same way. He is a great wrestler but I found out he is an even better person and mature way beyond his age. He is in 7th grade but first he told out guy he would pray for him, and I believe he said he will give our guy the gold medal he won next time he sees him. I went out of my way to tell him and his father how much that ment to me and him.