ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - The Northern State wrestling team is winding down what's been an emotional season.
KSFY News Photojournalist Dave Hauck recently spoke to the team about the impact of teammate Curtis LeMair, a freshman who died unexpectedly in October.
"I didn't know what to expect I knew, I was hoping it was going to be a good season, we had been having a good season. Everyone got along right a way."
"With guys getting along, having a good time together good and fun season."
"It was just was welcoming everybody loved each other, everyone wanted the best for each other and I could really tell and everyone could really tell that we had something special."
"Curtis' roommate who is one of our players on our team called me and said Curtis is unresponsive, so I immediately, his dorm is 50 yards from here, so otherwise hung up the phone told him to stay with him called 911."
"You go to the dorm everything is locked you are trying to get in the dorm. First of all it's 6-something in the morning and you get in there and there is not much you can do. You are on the phone with 911, and there is not much you can do."
"The coaches walked in there is something wrong and they told us. It was kind of earth shattering, super quiet you can here a pin drop."
"He loved the struggle he loved the fight. you could tell he this kid could really excel because of his toughness."
"Most kids would shy away from how tough it's going to be especially from college wrestling for 4 or 5 years. I think Curtis really embraced it."
"One time I tried sleeping in he whipped off the covers as fast as I could say no. He said get up we are going to go work out."
"We have a pair of shoes hanging up there, everyone said that is Curtis's pair of shoes and that is just a reminder for everyone why we are working so hard because Curtis cant be here along with us and work for him because that is exactly what he would want."
"I don't think that this is something you can really get over. Live like LeMair because live life to the fullest. The effect he had on me and everybody here. Everybody knows if they are doing their all Curtis wouldn't be satisfied."
"We were lucky to know him the eight weeks that we did. We think it's wrestling and doing school and everything for him in his memory. I don't think it's what you lose, it is what you gain."