By: Morgan Sexton
A Cardinal is gearing up to become a Blue Raider next fall. Wayne County High School senior Cagen Wallace signed to wrestle for Lindsey Wilson College. The small liberal arts college offered Cagen a full athletic and academic scholarship totalling nearly $34,000 a year.
Cagen, son of Chad and Alisa Wallace, has a 4.3 GPA. He already has three college courses under his belt and is enrolled in three more college courses next semester. At LWC, Cagen plans to major in psychophysiology in the pre-med field. He wants to be a dentist.
After coming to Wayne County during his freshman year, Cagen joined both wrestling and football. He has had a successful career as a Wayne County wrestler. In 2016, he was state runner-up in the 106 lb. weight class. He took state champion in the 113 lb. weight class in 2017. He has been on the Kentucky state wrestling team twice in his four years as a Mat Card.
Wrestling Coach Danny Upchurch spoke highly of his team member during the signing. “He’s a quality individual. He sets the bar high on and off the mat”, said Upchurch.
During his signing, Cagen thanked his coach. “I appreciate all your hard work and dedication to making me better,” he said.”
He also thanked his family. “I want to thank my parents for all the miles and tournaments we’ve gone to.”
Cagen’s brother, Cauy, is also a member of the WCHS wrestling team. He called Cauy his “practice partner”. “We push each other pretty hard,” Cagen laughed.
All of Cagen’s extra work has not gone unnoticed. Corey Ruff, head coach of the Lindsey Wilson College Wrestling Team, knows exactly what to expect from the young athlete. Since his freshman year, Cagen has regularly visited Lindsey Wilson College to get extra workouts and learn what a college wrestler might experience.
“Cagen made an impression on me,” said Ruff. “I instantly knew he had the right moxy to be a great college wrestler.” Once Ruff learned about Cagen’s academic achievement, the coach knew Cagen would be great at Lindsey Wilson College. “It was a no-brainer,” he added.
Although Lindsey Wilson College’s wrestling program is fairly new, it is still one of the best in the state. LWC has gone to NAIA Division Nationals for 5 of their 6 seasons and finished in the top 5 each time. During the 2017 season, the team placed 2nd nationally and Ruff was recognized as NAIA Coach of the Year.
Back Row (L-R): LWC Wresting Head Coach Corey Ruff, High School Principal Justin Alley, Wresting Coach Danny Upchurch, Athletics Director Kevin Jones, LWC Assistant Wrestling Coach Myron Bradbury
Front Row (L-R): Chad Wallace, Cagen Wallace, Alisa Wallace
With the support of his parents, Cagen signs on as an LWC Blue Raider
Cagen smiles with his teammates, including his brother Cauy (front right)
Coach Ruff speaks to Cagen and his father
Photos by Linda Jones