They had a monstrous Sunday afternoon to win their first Big Ten title by a single point over Iowa.
They are also taking home a ton of hardware in addition to the championship trophy. Sanderson was named B10 Coach of the Year. David Taylor was named Freshman of the Year and Wrestler of the Year. Quentin Wright was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament.
There were some monstrous wins by the wrestlers as they were considerably behind Iowa entering the afternoon competition. The kids won 9 straight bouts this afternoon to claim the title. They had five guys in the finals and they all won. Andrew Long, Frank Molinaro, David Taylor, Ed Ruth, and Quentin Wright all won individual championships but some of the other guys stepped up huge too. James Vollrath started things off with a huge pin in the seventh place bout early this afternoon. Vollrath was a last minute decision by the staff to go to the tournament at a weight where we struggled all year. His pin picked up two badly needed bonus points for the team. Cameron Wade was the #1 seed going into the tournament but lost twice and was relegated to a fifth place match. However, that fifth place match was wrestled at the same time that an Iowa kid was wrestling for the heavyweight title. Wade knew that he needed bonus points for PSU to win the championship and he came through with a 9-0 win to give the team the championship.
Huge props to all the kids for the way that they won it.