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Employment History

Student and Football Player

Northeast Catholic High School

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In his short career, 10-year old Richie Cerebe has won over 50 tournaments, including the Iron Man National Championship, the Terminator Championship and the Empire National Championship. Last month, he won the MAWA Eastern National Crown.In his short career, 10-year old Richie Cerebe has won over 50 tournaments, including the Iron Man National Championship, the Terminator Championship and the Empire National Championship.Last month, he won the MAWA Eastern National Crown.

Ten-year old wrestler builds national reputation
Richie Cerebe was finishing up his season as a football player with the Somerton Youth Organization, when his father picked up a flyer at Boyle Recreation Center in Somerton.Why not try wrestling, his dad asked.Four years later, at the tender age of just ten years old, Richie Cerebe has become on of the most dominant wrestlers in his age group, in the nation. Not bad for a young man, and a family, that knew almost nothing about the sport in the beginning.A natural athlete, Richie Cerebe has excelled on the wrestling mat, winning over 248 matches and over 50 tournaments, all over the country.His latest conquest was earning the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association (MAWA)) Eastern Nationals championship, which was held in Salsbury, Md.After seeing that initial flyer, Richie began wrestling with the Bensalem Youth Wrestling club, which practiced at Bensalem High School.After becoming a two-time BuxMont champ, he moved on to train with the Central Bucks Raiders, which practices out of Delaware Valley College, in Doylestown.All of this has meant a lot of travel for Richie, and especially his father, Rich Cerebe."Three days a week, we drive an hour each way to practice," Rich Cerebe said.
But the jaunts to Doylestown and Allentown are short hops, compared to the road trips required to get to the many tournaments in which Richie competes.He has traveled to ten different states, competing twice in the Ironman Competitions, in Detroit.
"It's a big circle," Rich Cerebe said.
Most times, it's Richie who finds the tournaments, and the parents are only too eager to help him to follow his dream.But that doesn't mean that there aren't times when a mother can cringe, watching her son on the mat."It's much harder to watch than football, because it's one on one," she said."It's a different type of competition.Every once in awhile when they do moves behind the back, you get nervous, but it's been good for him.It's taught him discipline and sportsmanship."It also makes the trips worthwhile, when you win, and Richie Cerebe has done so with alarming regularity.The walls of his parents' basement, converted into a wrestling training center for their son, are bursting at the seams with trophies and medals.Both parents have chipped in, helping Richie train.But Kathy finally had to stop helping, when Richie began overpowering her on the mat.
She gave her body up for his training," Rich said.As much as strength pays a part in wrestling, so does footwork and technique.Richie Cerebe is getting the opportunity to learn from the best, including Lehigh All American Travis Frick. "We started learning more and more about the sport," Rich said."We decided that, if he was putting in the work, we wanted him to learn right."Learning right has transformed Richie Cerebe from a physical wrestler to one who uses his physicality, but with a growing arsenal of technique."He had a lot of success his first year (26-1 record), but he had a lot of natural abilities, and not a lot of technique," Rich said."We ventured out of the area and saw kids who weren't as physical, but won.We told him that he had to learn technique.""My biggest strength is staying on my feet," Richie said.".I'm quick and strong, so I don't back up.I get a lot of pins, but I get a lot of decisions, too."Richie's success as a wrestler has already gotten his parents thinking about his future.There are many suburban programs that would love to have Richie, if he continues in the sport.But a wrestler with Richie's upside could become a potential star in the Philadelphia Public or Catholic Leagues."Strange, but we are starting to look," Rich said."Two or three years ago, a coach mentioned how well he'd do in the city league.Bobby Weaver told us that a kid from Philly has never won states (although Slav Mukha of Northeast did win an individual medal in the state tournament this year)."For Richie, he has small expectations about his future on the mat."After high school, I'd like to go to Lehigh or Penn State," he said. Rich Cerebe once had an opportunity to wrestler himself.As a student and football player at Northeast Catholic High School (class of 1987), Cerebe was often approached by the school's wrestling coach to join the team.But he always declined.
All of this competition and winning has done little to change the image of Richie Cerebe as a regular ten-year old.He is glad that traditional wrestling has little to do with the image of the sport on television.He also doesn't see himself giving up his other favorite sport, football.But wrestling has certainly become a big part of his life.Now, if he can only get his friends to comprehend his love of the sport.Some kids think that it's not a real sport.They think that it's like you see on television, Richie said."You don't wear makeup."During his many tournament wins, Richie maintains his composure and confidence.He attributes his persona to his parents' guidance."The confidence comes from my mom and dad," he said."Sometimes (before a match) I say a quick prayer, and that helps too."Whatever the future holds for Richie Cerebe, his parents have made it a point to be there to support him, every step of the way."We want it to be something that he wants to do," Rich Cerebe said.

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