College Spotlight: Ridley qualifies for National Wrestling Championships
Commerce native Cade Ridley continues to make a splash at the next level. The King University sophomore, grappling in the 285-lb weight class, recently placed third at the NCAA D-II Super Regionals. That impressive performance qualifies him for the D-II National Wrestling Championship March 13-14.
For Ridley, his trip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota next week is just a pure result of his work ethic and quest for greatness. According to those close to Ridley, he was dealing with injuries this year, which had him unseeded going into the Super Regionals.
He opened the Super Regionals against a #1-seed, who was ranked as the #4 wrestler in the nation. “Let’s rock” was the attitude of Riley heading into the match.
He went on to pin the #1-seed, then lost in a heartbreaker in the semifinals to the eventual tournament champion. Rather than admit defeat, the former Tigers star avenged a previous season loss to an individual, pinning him in the consolation semifinals.
Things got really intense in the next match. A loss and he goes home. A win and it’s on to nationals. He dominated to a 3-1 win, qualifying him for the D-II Nationals in Sioux Falls.
His career so far in two seasons at King University includes a 36-19 record for the Tornado. He has 17 pins to his credit. His 3rd-place finish this year at the Super Regionals tops his 5th-place finish as a freshman. He went 22-8 last season with 10 wins, and is 14-11 with 7 pins.
Ridley helped Commerce to four state titles in dual and another four in traditional from 2015-18, and was a two-time All American selection. The won two individual state titles and was twice a state runner-up. He finished his prep career with a 127-24 overall record, and was a 3-time All-State selection. He was a great athlete at Commerce, also playing football (All-State) and tennis. Getting it done in the classroom also, Ridley was a 2017 Academic All-American.
11×14 Framed Print – Cade Ridley CS
11x14 Framed Print - Cade Ridley CS
Feature Photo by Amy Flint