Wright looks to Lehigh
Caden Wright’s decision to attend Lehigh University this fall was both inspirational and pragmatic.
“I chose Lehigh University because I felt at home,” said Wright, a recent Emmaus High School graduate and champion wrestler. “I have grown up going to Lehigh wrestling matches and looking up to their wrestlers.”
As Wright’s own wrestling career progressed, he worked out at the school’s regional training center. This allowed him to develop relationships with Lehigh coaches and athletes.
Now here’s the inspirational part of the equation. To know Caden Wright is to know he has plans and more important, is willing to do the work to make his goals a reality.
“I want to become a national champion and a multiple-time All-American,” Wright said. “Lehigh is known to produce very successful wrestlers, so I see this as a real capability. I know coaches like Pat Santoro and Brad Dillon will be able to help me get to the next level.”
The new Mountain Hawk plans to work just as hard in the classroom as he does on the mat. He’ll enter the Bethlehem school as a chemical engineering major.
“I chose that because I enjoy math and science and am very strong in those areas,” Wright said. “I also love to solve problems and create new ideas, which engineers pursue everyday. Their academics and job placement are some of the best in the country and will set me up for my future.”
While Wright focuses on tomorrow, he recalls his yesterdays at Emmaus, where he had a 119-31 career record, earned a District 11 title, was a two-time Northeast Regional finalist and earned a spot on the state podium with an eighth-place finish. Wright was also a state freestyle champion and was recognized as an EPC scholar-athlete.
“Individually, I am most proud of placing at the state tournament,” he said of his Green Hornet career. “This is very special to me because I was a few points away from placing the past few years and my senior year I was able to claim what was mine the years before.”
Wright said he’s grateful he was able to wrestle at states before the pandemic shut down high school athletics in Pennsylvania.
“I cannot imagine what it would feel like to have my season taken from me,” he said.
Wright is individually motivated, but he also just wants to be a great teammate.
“What I am most proud of is what my team was able to accomplish,” Wright said. “This Emmaus wrestling team this year could be the beginning of something great.”
The facts back his assertion. His team was the first Emmaus team to ever beat Easton, also had the most team points in school history, tied most team points in a single match and achieved the highest finish an Emmaus wrestling team has ever placed at team districts.
“Wrestling for Emmaus has taught me what it means to be motivated, a good leader, to work hard and to make a name for myself,” Wright said. “Emmaus is not an easy place to be recognized for athletics. There is always someone doing something better or more significant things. This is why I think Emmaus is such a great place to compete.”
Wright cannot wait to start his college career, but he won’t ever forget his Emmaus career.
“I will miss my team,” Wright said. “The people on the team are more than teammates. When I won my match to place at the state tournament, I was emotional, excited, and my teammates, who are my brothers, were right there, just as excited as I was.
“This is what I will miss.”