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Published February 13, 2014, 06:43 PM

Brothers lose both parents, gain enormous support

Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) - Two brothers from DGF have had to grow up, quickly; but an amazing wrestling community and supportive school have rallied around them.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAZ / WDAY

Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) - Two brothers from DGF have had to grow up, quickly; but an amazing wrestling community and supportive school have rallied around them.

Gunnar and Wyatt Whiteaker had the funeral for their father on Monday, and their mother passed away two years ago. However, the two boys have found support "on the mat."

Inside DGF's wrestling room, anticipation is building. It's tournament time.

A little resistance, both opponents, but no one is more ready than Wyatt Whiteaker.

But it has not been an easy journey.

Wyatt and his brother Gunnar (a recent DGF graduate), have lost both parents, their mother to cancer in 2011, and their father, just recently, to heart disease.

Wyatt Whiteaker- DGF Senior: “It is kind of hard without having the parent figures but all the families in the community it is just one big family.”

But Gunnar, a student at MSUM, and Wyatt say the DGF Wrestling and school community are going above and beyond to be there for them; providing housing, meals, helping guide them through this tough time. Now these two teenagers without both parents.

Gunnar Whiteaker- MSUM Freshman: “A little bit; sometimes I wonder what it would be like, but I am doing what I can to better my life. I want to be a doctor.”

For the school, wrestling parents and friends; it has been an experience in doing what needs to be done. Both Gunnar and Wyatt are admired for their character, politeness and ability to move ahead despite adversity.

Joe O’Keefe- DGF Athletic Director: “You try to reach out and you have a whole host of people reaching out; let me do this and that. It is truly amazing what they do here.”

The DGF families have started a College Education Fund. With Gunnar going into medicine and Wyatt headed to NDSU next year, the two boys have big dreams, and their biggest cheerleaders will be back at DGF knowing everything is possible.

Tony Soderberg- DGF Asst. Wrestling Coach: “Two kids who are courteous, polite, focus on academics, work hard; you look at a kid and you think, ‘I would be proud if my kids were like these two kids do.’”

And the special college education fund for the two boys is set up at the Northwestern Bank in Dilworth, under the Gunnar and Wyatt Whiteaker College Fund.

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