WAOW: Wautoma boy with terminal illness sees dream come true at UWSP wrestling match

​Miguel Duran

WAOW Channel 9 Wausau

​By Alex Stewart

Nearly everyone can relate to playing a sport when they're young. Some play baseball, others basketball and some football, but for then 6 year old Miguel Duran, he found his passion competing in something more unique.

"We put him in wrestling and we didn't think it was going to work out," said Miguel's mother Arlene Bialk. "But something snapped and he was like, 'oh i'm going to be good at this,' and it took off from there."

However, just a few years into his young career things took a devastating turn.

"Miguel was diagnosed in 2018 with stage 4 Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma," explained Bialk...

...The prognosis was that Miguel only had a few months left to live, but in that time Miguel knew he still wanted to do what he loved, wrestle. A dream that the University of Steven's Point would help him achieve.

"Well one of our alumni had sent me a link to Miguel's page," said the Pointers wrestling coach Johnny Johnson. "Then he asked if this was something we'd be interested in doing."

There was no hesitation.

Just about a week and a half after earning his varsity letter for Wautoma wrestling, Miguel would join the Pointers wrestling team for their match against UW Whitewater.


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