A Senior Year Stunted By Covid

Senior Cade Graham details his outlook for his final season.

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Cade Graham is hailed victor over his opponent at a match last season.

Lydia Harper

In an already uncertain time with an unknown future, Caledonia athletes are continuing to play a seemingly broken record… Postponed and revised seasons.

In what seemed like the wake of Covid-19, fall athletes were able to play an almost complete season for Caledonia with the state tournament games being postponed. For winter athletes like senior wrestler Cade Graham hearing, their final season had been postponed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) with the pandemic taking a dark turn was a hard but expected blow. With what seems like an already incomplete year full of disappointment for seniors nationwide such as the loss of in-person learning and no school social events, Cade Graham shared “I was a little disappointed but I kinda knew it was coming.” He went on to detail that every year wrestling has brought him a lot of memories and he cannot imagine one year less of them.

With lasting hope for a final season as a Scot, Cade is facing a lot of emotions and feelings as he detailed “I am hopeful for a season and last I’ve heard was that we were starting after the governor’s order finished which is great. My emotions going into this final season is to go hard and make the best out of it because it’s my last one.”  He further explained with it being his last season he wants to “get to States and place top 8 to be named All-State”, which isn’t too far out of reach for the talented and hard-working senior as he has been a leader as well as a role model for the wrestling team in past years.

As he looks ahead to his fastly approaching finale to an amazing career Cade shared some wisdom for any future or current Caledonia wrestlers, “My advice to the younger wrestlers is to never take anything for granted during wrestling even if you don’t like it because you don’t realize it’s over, until it’s over”, as Cade has recently finished an extremely successful soccer career for the Fighting Scots.

Cade plans on furthering his academic career at Ferris State University and there is no doubt he will find success.

The season is set to kick off on January 4th per the MHSAA official statement from November 18th. For any updates concerning the finishing of the fall season and upcoming winter season visit the MHSAA official website.