Deer Creek’s Cade Manion: Wrestling Spotlight Presented By Iron Nation Harley

By Derrick Smith

The level of success that an athlete reaches is directly related to the amount of work they are willing to put in before the lights come on. Cade Manion says that it takes a lot to be a successful wrestler. “You can’t be successful in wrestling without putting in extra time,” he stated. “Every wrestler goes to practice every day, but it’s those extra efforts, extra practices in a hot gym, morning runs and late night sweat sessions that get you on the podiums.”

Manion is a junior at Deer Creek High School, where he currently wrestles at 138 pounds. He began wrestling at the age of five and has not stopped since.

His parents have supported him throughout his wrestling career and Cade is thankful for their impact. “They have always pushed me to give 100% and have taken me all across the country wrestling in tourneys,” he said. “Also, my coaches Kelly Henderson and Jesse Cradduck have poured time and knowledge into me and always hold me accountable to be a good team leader.”

The work that he has put in has paid off for Manion. He is a two time Class 6A state placer, Oklahoma National Team member, and a USA Wrestling All-American. He also says that another great part of wrestling is what happens off the mat. “Traveling across the country, I have been able to develop friendships with wrestlers from a lot of other states.”

Cade also helps with the Deer Creek Youth Wrestling team after his high school practices.