Cassidy excels off, on mat

Name: Kaden Cassidy

School: Bedford Area

Age: 18

Grade: Junior

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Cassidy won the 132-pound championship in the District 5 Class 2A championships by edging returning state medalist Garret Cornell of Everett in the final, 5-3.

Season update: Cassidy heads to the PIAA Class 2A Southwest Regional with a 30-1 record.

Coach Joel Easter’s quote: “Kaden is a great young man to coach. He works hard in the practice room. What a lot of people don’t see is he is a great teammate and is genuinely a good person. He is always looking to improve and a joy to coach.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Pauley

Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”

Favorite food: Taco Bell

Favorite song: “7am” by Lil Uzi Vert

Outside interests: MMA and hanging out with the boys

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Clemson

Pro athlete most admired: James Harrison

Best athlete I’ve ever competed against: Nic Bouzakis

Most influential person in my athletic career: My coaches and parents

Proudest athletic achievement: PIAA third-place finish

How I got to start wrestling: “My dad signed me up when I was about 5 or 6 years old.”

Future goal: 2019 PIAA state champion at 132 pounds

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