Joy in Loss and in Victory

tattoo of wrestling shoes with R.I.P. R.K
De Smet Jesuit Communications

On Saturday, February 16, senior Cory Peterson won the wrestling State Championship in the 160-pound bracket. In May 2017, De Smet Jesuit suffered the loss of Ryland Kennedy, a freshman and teammate of Cory’s.

Ryland would have turned 17 on February 25. Below is a reflection reprinted with permission from Molly Kennedy, Ryland’s mother.

A Mother's Voice
Wonderful weekend watching De Smet wrestle at state. Seven boys wrestled this year. I am so proud of all of them. It’s been such a joy to be part of this group.

I am still soaking in senior Cory Peterson winning State Championship. After Ryland died nearly 18 months ago, Cory told me he was going to do two things:

  1. Keep Ryland with him always.
  2. Win state.

Last night after Cory won, he looked up at me and pointed to his heart where his R.I.P. R.K. tattoo is. It is a moment I will never forget. Last night was Cory’s and his family’s moment. To be included in it was beyond generous, and it is one more example of what an amazing young man Cory is: living the De Smet Jesuit motto of men for others.


For more on Cory's championship match, read the STLhighschoolsports article online

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