King of the mats

Athlete Profile: Cade King


Magnet Staff

Cade King will continue wrestling at South Dakota State University

Matt Segler

Senior Cade King has been an absolute force on the wrestling mats his whole high school career. His dominance is shown with his 217 career wins and counting. He is the second wrestler in OHS history to reach this milestone and is a 2018 state champion for the 182-pound weight class and a 2017 runner-up.

King has been wrestling since second grade. He was first introduced to wrestling by his dad, and he fell in love with the sport as an elementary kid with all of the fun drills at practice. His personal favorites were sharks and minnows and shirt tag. King has many fond memories of the youth tournaments and running around with his team. Wrestling has always kept him youthful and in shape. King originally was schooled in Waseca, Minn. until he moved to Owatonna as a freshman and participated in football and his respected sport of wrestling. King has always been looking to be a better wrestler. Owatonna has been a great supporter of King since his move. King said, “I love the fanbase. I think we have some of the loudest fans in the state and I love it.”

King has had a big impact on the program, not only with his winning ways but with his leadership abilities. King has helped bring a new level to the team with his capabilities and knowledge of wrestling. Senior co-captain Nick Staska said, “He is intentional with everything he does. He is always moving, and when you are wrestling him it is hard to score any points on him.” Next year, King will be attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota to wrestle Division I. King had to choose between SDSU, University of Minnesota, University of Northern Iowa, and Iowa State. King said, “I like the coaches and how the program is on the come up.” This stood out to King and helped him make his big decision.