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Class 4A state wrestling: Vinita's Bryle Martin claims title, but his heart was with his sick sister

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: February 26, 2011
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All Vinita's Bryle Martin could think about during his Class 4A 125-pound state championship match at State Fair Arena on Saturday night was his sister.

"She's been fighting for 22 days on life support," Martin said. "If she can do that, I can sure last six minutes on the wrestling mat."

While Martin was beating Tuttle's Brody Spencer 8-5 for a state title, 12-year-old Cameron Martin was at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa continuing to fight for something much more important.

On Jan. 28, Cameron became ill with what initially appeared to be the flu.

Things quickly worsened, though, and by the next night, Cameron was in the local emergency room where doctors quickly determined it was something much more serious.

Soon after, she was moved to the Tulsa hospital where she was diagnosed with not only the flu but also pneumonia in her right lung.

By Feb. 1, she'd developed Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in her lungs and around her heart.

Since, she's continued on life support as she fights the infection.

All of this came as Bryle Martin was trying to fulfill his dream of winning a state title.

Saturday, he capped a rocky month by holding on to beat Spencer and win one for Cameron while his parents, Shawn and Julie Martin, took a break from staying with Cameron to travel to Oklahoma City.

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