Dickinson State wrestlers return to the gym for the first time in 11 days. Then they went on vacation not knowing what was going to happen next.

“We are very, very happy that Michael is here,” said head coach Justin Schlecht. “You know, he was wearing his seat belt. That probably saved his life. “

Michael Streeter, a Blue Hawks freshman from South Dakota, was on his way home for break when he was involved in a car accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

A truck driver who witnessed the accident immediately took action. Within minutes, Michael was flown to the hospital and it wasn’t long before the Blue Hawks nation responded.

“I’ve called myself several times from his mom and dad and asked, ‘We don’t know who some of these people are coaches. We have just received three cards, three letters, care packages, T-shirts and financial support. We don’t even know some of these people, and we don’t know how Michael knew them from. We know Michael didn’t know her, ”said Schlecht. “That’s just great. This is the wrestling community. “

In less than two weeks, the DSU’s wrestling program raised nearly $ 10,000 to help the Streeter family.

“It’s really cool and shows how strong Blue Hawks are and only sports communities can be like the wrestling community can come together and do what we have to do for someone when it needs to be,” said Senior Payson Dirk.

The support has sparked slogans like “Streeter Strong” and “Fly Together”.

“I started thinking about it and I thought you knew that was exactly what was happening,” said Schlecht. “We are all, you know we have a play on words with the Blue Hawks, we all fly together, and we are here to be right next to him and help and support him.”

Bad has visited Michael since the incident and says he responds to verbal commands. No one knows how long the road to recovery will take, but the Blue Hawks nation will definitely be there.

“We talk about that over and over, we will keep moving forward, moving forward, and no matter what happens, if he takes three steps back, we’ll be right there to help him push four or five forward the next day,” Schlecht said .

If you would like to support the Streeter family, you can reach out to Dickinson State head coach Justin Schlecht at justin.schlecht@dickinsonstate.edu.