Myles Martin after claiming third place at the NCAAs (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Get out your handkerchiefs.
A father-son moment between Ohio State All-American wrestler Myles Martin and his dad Gregory has struck a chord well beyond the Martin household.
The video (below) -- posted on the NCAA Wrestling Twitter and YouTube this week -- shows Gregory Martin and his son Myles reading a letter the father wrote to the wrestler prior to the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh last weekend.
As of this weekend, the four-minute video has generated approximately a quarter-million views since being posted Wednesday, March 27.
In its coverage of the video featuring the two generations of Martin men reading the letter written by Gregory Martin, ElevenWarriors.com -- an Ohio State athletics website -- set the stage by discussing the bonds between athletes and their fathers in any sport.
"In the case of Myles Martin and his father Greg, the sport has been the vehicle that has built an unshakable bond between them.
"'Do what you do and be the best version of you," the elder Martin wrote to his son, intending for him to read it while at the 2019 NCAAs. "To say I'm proud of you sounds so generic because that goes without saying, and it's pretty much an understatement."
"I have had the privilege as your dad of seeing how you have dealt with all the highs, but mainly the lows," Greg Martin continued. "Never get too high or too low on this journey, just appreciate there is a journey."
Myles Martin had an incredible journey in his years wrestling for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The New Jersey native concluded his senior season with a 25-1 record, placing third in the 184-pound bracket at the 2019 NCAAs after winning the Big Ten conference crown a couple weeks earlier. Among his career highlights: winning the 174-pound crown at the 2016 NCAAs, earning NCAA All-American honors four times, serving as one of three team captains for the Buckeyes for the 2018-19 season, and being named the wrestling student-athlete of the year by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
All those accomplishments aside, Myles Martin may be remembered as the wrestler whose father shared his deepest feelings for his son in a letter that touched the hearts of tens of thousands of wrestling fans.