Name: Ian Eckenrode

School: Cambria Heights

Age: 17

Grade: 12

Sports: Wrestling and football

Parents: Lance and Amy Eckenrode, of Carrolltown

Athletic achievements: In wrestling, 2021 PIAA Class 2A medalist, 2021 District 6 champion, captain, three-year letterman; in football, member of Football Writers Class 2A All-State Team, Pennsylvania National Football Foundation Academic Athlete, selected for the 2021 Ken Lantzy All-Star Classic, three-year letterman, captain.

Coach’s quote: “Ian had and outstanding career at Cambria Heights. This year, he was the District 6 champ at 189, placed seventh at states and had an undefeated dual-meet season. He was one of our team captains and an excellent leader and role model for our younger wrestlers. He is a true scholar-athlete, with a quite outgoing personality, always thinking of others and making sure things are being done correctly. His never-quit attitude pushed him to be the best and got him out of some bad situations. Ian has a very bright future ahead of him and we will miss him next year.” — Cambria Heights co-head wrestling coach Mike Eckenrode

Favorite subject: Computers

Favorite movie: “Monty Python” and the “Holy Grail”

Favorite book or video game: 1984

Favorite food: Bacon

Favorite teacher (and what they teach): Mr. Manifest (programming)

Favorite song: “One Big Country Song” by LoCash

Outside interests: Technology, volleyball, movie making and Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?: A monkey, because they are smart, use tools and are funny.

Favorite athletic team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Athlete most admired: Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee

Most influential person on my athletic career: My father, Lance

Most impressive athlete that you have competed against: Cael Crebs from Montoursville

Proudest athletic achievement: 2021 PIAA Class 2A wrestling medalist

How I got my start: Both sides of my family got me into sports from a young age.

Future goal: Study computer science and enter the workforce as a software developer.

– Jake Oswalt

Jake Oswalt is a copy editor for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @TheWizOfOz11. 

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