Middle School Wrestler Inspiration to Others

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NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio-- Cedric Lehky was never involved in a team sport growing up.

Friday, at North Royalton Middle School he is not only living a dream but shaping the lives of those around him.

At 14 years old, Lehky packs a pretty good punch.

"He grabbed me one day and I'm like this kid is so strong,” said Dan Foldesy, assistant wrestling coach. “He could be an awesome wrestler."

Today, that is exactly what Lehky is: a wrestler for the North Royalton Middle School team.

"He has the wrestler mentality, give it every day, give it all," said 8th grader, Jack Nemetz.

That says a lot for Cedric who has Down syndrome, but that is not stopping him or his teammates.

"Brothers, teams, with teams," Lehky said.

"He taught me to treat everybody equally and he is really my inspiration for him coming out and showing us that he can overcome and don't give up," added teammate, Connor Mills.

Cedric wrestles in every match home and away for the Bears. He uses a special technique to take down his teammates and opponents.

"I got him around the neck and I pin him," he said.

Not only is Cedric a student at North Royalton Middle School and a member of the wrestling team, but he's probably best known for being Cedric 'the entertainer.'

"Cedric is the best dancer in the school,” Foldsey said. “Mr. Phillips plays music every Friday and so the hallway everybody passes through. Cedric is in there busting a move and there is no better dancer."

He's Cedric the wrestler and entertainer and he is touching lives one wrestling match at a time.

"Good for him that he is trying other things," said 8th grader, Nolan Pearce.

"Cedric is accomplishing something that people looked at and said you know, could he really do it? And it's like yeah he can," Foldesy said.

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