Cael McCabe wins state championship
Libertyville third-grader Cael McCabe likes to wrestle.
And he likes to win.
On Feb. 26, he captured the championship in the 50-pound weight class at the Iowa State AAU Tournament in Des Moines. Cael competed against third and fourth graders.
“I started wrestling when I was 4,” he said. “It was fun right away.”
Cael is coached by his father, Shae McCabe, who competed for Fairfield High School (class of 1997) at the 103-pound weight class and is ranked No. 25 on the Trojan all-time career win list with 63.
“Cael is fast,” said Shae. “He’s strong and smart and never gets out of position. And he listens … sometimes.”
Cael was 63-9 this season and has over 400 career wins. He has captured 11 titles in state tournaments. He is currently ranked No. 1 in America at his weight and age class.
Cael has set a few goals.
“I’d like to win some state titles in high school,” he said.
He’d also like to beat dad, his coach.
“I think I’ll be able to beat him once I get in fifth grade,” he said.
Shae isn’t so sure about that one.
“Well,” said Shae, “he’ll need to put on some weight.”
Cael enjoys competing in tournaments all over the nation. Since the current season just ended, he’s allowed himself a little indulgence.
“I weigh 52 pounds now, instead of 50,” he said. “I don’t have another tournament for a few months.”
Making weight shouldn’t be an issue.
“I can drop the weight fast,” Cael said. “I just put sweats on and run outside.”
Besides being strong, Cael is also quite intelligent. He’s already got a post-college goal.
“I want to be an anesthesiologist,” he said.
“They put people to sleep,” Cael said.
“And they get a lot of money.”