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High School Wrestler With Down Syndrome Finishes His Final Season Totally Undefeated

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

High school wrestler Cedric Lehky is a force to be reckoned with.

Cedric was invited to join his wrestling team when he was in the eighth grade. Although he’s a little different from his teammates, Cedric’s position on the team is one of the most important.

Cedric has Down syndrome, but he wrestles just as well as his teammates — and many of them say they couldn’t be a team without him.

Teammate Aaron Hertel says Cedric is “a big part of this team. When our morale is at the lowest when we are cutting weight, you know, our energy is at its lowest, he brings us up.”

But Cedric isn’t just a morale booster on his team. He’s also an incredible wrestler, and when he won his final match on January 12, 2018, it was his final win in an undefeated season.

Even fans of the opposing team cheered Cedric on as he finished out his impressive season. In the video below, you can hear how excited his teammates are when he wins the match!

Cedric is a bit of a celebrity in his own right at school, but his mom, Jeanette Brinkley, says he’s so much more than that. She says Cedric’s amazing accomplishments “give hope to any other parent with special needs [children]. He does everything that everyone else would do, and I just never had any expectations that [weren’t] well exceeded, and it’s beyond amazing.”

Check out the video below to meet Cedric, and please SHARE his story on Facebook!

Footage and photos provided by WJW Cleveland

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