Ord’s Svoboda Unbeaten in Pursuit of State Title
Bob Jensen | Publisher
Ord’s Cade Svoboda puts the finishing touches on one of his 19 wins to open the 2015-16. A returning state tournament runner-up, Svoboda has his eyes on a state title here in a few weeks.
Unlike our hero Peter LaFleur in the movie Dodgeball, Cade Svoboda has a goal. It’s to win a state wrestling championship.
Here is my conversation with Cade, taped yesterday: https://huskerlandpreps.forums.rivals.com/threads/cade-svoboda-interview.7554/#post-30666
He came close last year, winning 37 matches and reaching the Class C state final at 170, only to come up one win short of the gold medal. Svoboda’s wrestling with a purpose has paid extra dividends, as he’s rolled to 19 straight wins to open the season, capturing the 182 championship at last weekend’s Central City Invitational.
“Cade has always been a great wrestler on top but over the last couple of seasons I have seen him gain a lot more confidence wrestling on bottom and on his feet. At about 6-2 he does a great job of using his length to his advantage,” says Ord head coach Justin Swedburg. “He has improved overall as a wrestler and you can see his confidence when he is out on the mat. He has also greatly improved his strength. Over the summer he spent a lot of his time in the weight room and going to different wrestling camps.
Svoboda is ranked No. 1 in Class C at 182 and beyond that has proven to be an outstanding all-around high school athlete, three times being named to the all-district football team, at a different position each time. Beyond that he’s also an outstanding rodeo cowboy, having finished as state runner-up in bareback riding, and twice qualifying for nationals.
A well-rounded young man, Svoboda is also an outstanding leader and a brilliant student and role model at his school.
“Cade demonstrates leadership not only as a wrestler but as a person. He does things the right way and he is a good person which I believe correlates directly to being a successful athlete,” says Coach Swedburg. “He is almost always the first person to practice and weights and he shows up with a positive attitude ready to work hard without excuses and he expects the same from his teammates. Cade takes care of his business in school carrying a 4.0 GPA, and he is also very willing to volunteer his time to help others.”
Svoboda plans to attend the University of Nebraska and will eventually enter the medical field.
Before we get that far, however, he’d like to win that state title.