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Student Wrestling With Newfound Fame After Anthem Performance Goes Viral

Impromptu rendition even earns him a live performance on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning.


(Images: Fox & Friends)

A high school wrestler who volunteered to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" at a wrestling championship in Ohio has gotten a lot more attention for his last-minute decision that he probably expected. 17-year old Isaac Bryant was invited to sing the national anthem -- again -- on live TV as part of the Fox & Friends morning show Wednesday!

After his TV performance, Isaac explained the whole story to the Fox hosts. He said the organizer of the Ohio D-III District Wrestling Championship last month asked if someone could perform the anthem because there was no one else to sing it. Bryant said his Mechanicsburg (OH) High School teammates encouraged him to step up because they know he loves to sing. He said yes, even though he's never sung the anthem publicly. 'I sing a lot. I guess that's kind of a part of me," the 17-year-old said on Fox & Friends . "I'm a little bit of a performer if you haven't noticed."

A video of Isaac singing the anthem at the tournament now has nearly 200,000 views on Facebook, and thousands of shares. Click here to watch it.

Bryant told the Fox hosts he's very patriotic, and contrary to what a lot people may think of his generation, many young people love this country too.

"I'm a patriot myself and a lot of people I know are patriots." Isaac Bryant, on Fox & Friends

Bryant's parents appeared with him on the Fox show. "I was just so proud," his mother, April Bryant, told co-host Steve Doocy about her son's surprise performance at the tournament. "We were used to the voice but I guess it was the heart he put into it. It brought tears to our eyes."

When asked by the hosts which made him more nervous: the few minutes he had to think about singing live at the tournament, or the couple of days he waited to appear on Fox & Friends, he hesitated a moment, and then said the wait to appear on national television was more nerve-wracking!

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