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Wrestling with a purpose: Honoring Logan Luft

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The family of a Charles City teen, who died in an ATV accident, is still coming to terms with his death, and so is the wrestling community he was devoted to.

Fifteen-year-old Logan Luft died last summer. He's remembered as an avid wrestler. Family says he was excited to start what would have been his high school wrestling career this year.

An old teammate Michael Blockhus devoted his entire season to Logan, winning every match for him. Last weekend in Des Moines, when Blockhus won his third state championship, he knew he didn't do it alone.

"That was his year, for me to be able to do that for him and just finally being able to reach the pinnacle and point up and say, 'we got it buddy'," said Blockhus, New Hampton senior.

Blockhus, dedicated his senior wrestling season to Logan who he wrestled with when he was younger.

"I've been wrestling with a purpose, so I've kind of had some motivation and just wrestling all these tournaments for him," said Blockhus.

When Logan died in July, Blockhus gave his state medals to the Luft's for Logan to be buried with.

"I knew that was one of his biggest goals, to become a state champion and just reach that pinnacle in high school...he wasn't even able to go to high school I thought by giving him those it was rewarding him on top of the podium," said Blockhus. "Being able to see him with four state medals around his neck was pretty special and he looked good in them."

This season, Blockhus has been going to the mat for something bigger than himself.

"He will always be there...we are just out there wrestling together now," said Blockhus. "That's the only difference, I have an advantage now that I have another person out there wrestling with me."

The wrestling community is keeping Logan's legacy alive, with the motto "Luft Tuff." All of the referees at the State Wrestling Tournament wore wristbands with the saying.

"People always ask you how are you going to change the world? Logan Luft changed people's lives, he was able to save other people's lives by giving his own," said Blockhus.

Dozens of wrestlers at the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines last month wore clothing that said #LuftTuff, just another example of how Logan still made it to the championship.

If you'll remember, we recently profiled Logan and the fact he was able to save at least five lives by having his organs donated. Logan's family plans to participate in a 5K for organ donation this April.

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