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He also knew he wanted to attend a school with an NCAA Div.

I wrestling program that could also provide some academic rigor.

For the record, Geick said he hadn’t heard a single negative reaction from a teammate or coach since he came out to them. “It just so happened that all of those kids, even those who maybe had a homophobic view before were able to see past that, and are still my friends, and we are much closer even now,” Geick told his school newspaper, The Statesman.

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The entire regular season had gone by without an incident, but heading into the state meet a competing wrestler tracked down Geick’s Instagram account and decided to leave a biting message about Geick being gay.

"To be honest,” Geick shared, “it fired me up, and I focused it into the match.

By nightfall he had heard from other wrestlers at seven different high schools in the Chicago area asking the same thing or offering support. As an athlete, Geick has been great in a sport that measures strength, toughness and agility as well as any other.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Geick has been “the face of the program” at his high school for the last two years.

This year at the Class 3A state meet he finished fourth in the 160-pound division, just a year after finishing fourth in the 152-pound class. "He's an incredible athlete,” coach Shane Cook said of Geick last year to the Chicago Tribune.

“He has great wrestling speed, is very strong, extremely talented.

“It kind of exploded from there.” “Exploded” is, in this case, an understatement.

Just minutes after coming out to the students at his lunch table a year ago, his phone began to “blow up” from other students and teammates asking if the news was true.

Several months ago Geick performed “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon because, as he wrote, “I finally found somebody.” The two young men are still dating and are both going to college in New York City next year, with Geick headed to Columbia Univ. It was walking the campus with a Columbia coach last year that helped seal the deal for Geick.

He had met all the wrestlers and spent a couple days with them, enjoying the bunch.

Incidentally, it was that very Pride parade where Outsports marched with about 100 LGBT athletes, coaches and others from across the sports world. “We walked away from the day a lot happier and a lot more comfortable with ourselves." Since then he’s been unabashed about being gay and sharing photos of himself and Grant, including this post from his homecoming last fall, with his boyfriend by his side: “I'm not quite sure how to describe senior homecoming,” Geick wrote.