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OT: Huge props to Cael Sanderson and the wrestling team

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.

Penn State Proud.

Recall reading somewhere after the Iowa match that they were underachieving and Cael needed to do a better job, yada, yada, yada…heart and soul on that squad. Congrats!

Penn State Wrestling Announces 2011-12 Schedule

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/060111aaa.html

With eye on London, wrestling icon Sanderson to annouce comeback

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/brian_cazeneuve/06/08/cael-sanderson-comeback/index.html

I wouldn’t call it a comeback. He’s been there for years.

can you imagine wrestling against your own coach for a spot on the Olympic team?

Do you think he would be ready for what you can throw at him? Hell, he probably taught you what you are throwing at him.

[quote=“Skeeza, post:6, topic:2062”]can you imagine wrestling against your own coach for a spot on the Olympic team?

Do you think he would be ready for what you can throw at him? Hell, he probably taught you what you are throwing at him.[/quote]

I can’t imagine it, but Q better start.

Sanderson into the finals tonight. Wright lost in the quarterfinals.

84 FS: Sanderson (Nittany Lion) dec. Reader (Sunkist Kids)

The man is superhuman. He toys with the World Champion Silver Medalist.

Match One - Cael wins 4-1 2-0

Match Two - Cael wins 5-2 2-0

He qualifies to represent the US at the World Championships in September.

NOTE: Not only was Jake Herbert the silver medalist from the World Championships, he was a two time NCAA champion while at Northwestern and had won three straight World Team titles before running into Cael tonight. Herbert is very very talented and Cael’s easy victory just shows what an amazing athlete he is.

He was fun to watch today. He got better as the day went on a he got back into a rhythm.

Cael’s post match interview

http://youtu.be/AN6cd-DSUJ0

When Cael took the job here at PSU, he was very clear about a couple of objectives that he had.

One was to win NCAA championships for Penn State. The 2011 win in Philly put a check mark in that column (of course, multiple championships, ala Iowa, are Cael’s ultimate goal).

Another, much less known goal, was establishing a world class post collegiate wrestling program with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. With the World Team Trials now complete in Oklahoma City, Cael can check off this goal too.

There are seven weight classes in international freestyle wrestling (as opposed to the ten in collegiate wrestling). Three of the seven freestyle wrestlers who will be wearing the red, white, and blue for the USA in the World Championships in Istanbul Turkey this fall are Nittany Lion Club wrestlers. In addition to Cael claiming the 84kg crown, Jake Varner and Teyon Ware won at 96kg and 66kg respectively.

Just another big feather in the Cael Sanderson cap. Somewhat coincidentally, Cael was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame on Thursday night. You won’t find too many Hall of Fame members in any sport who are still competing at the top of their game.

USA Today recaps Sanderson’s trip to the 84kg championship.

[quote=“UncleLar, post:12, topic:2062”]When Cael took the job here at PSU, he was very clear about a couple of objectives that he had.

One was to win NCAA championships for Penn State. The 2011 win in Philly put a check mark in that column (of course, multiple championships, ala Iowa, are Cael’s ultimate goal).

Another, much less known goal, was establishing a world class post collegiate wrestling program with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. With the World Team Trials now complete in Oklahoma City, Cael can check off this goal too.

There are seven weight classes in international freestyle wrestling (as opposed to the ten in collegiate wrestling). Three of the seven freestyle wrestlers who will be wearing the red, white, and blue for the USA in the World Championships in Istanbul Turkey this fall are Nittany Lion Club wrestlers. In addition to Cael claiming the 84kg crown, Jake Varner and Teyon Ware won at 96kg and 66kg respectively.

Just another big feather in the Cael Sanderson cap. Somewhat coincidentally, Cael was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame on Thursday night. You won’t find too many Hall of Fame members in any sport who are still competing at the top of their game.[/quote]

The CDT follows up on my point.

“I think this really helps with the vision Cael and us have for the program,” Cody Sanderson said. “We came in and explained to our administration and our alumni and club what we want to do and to see the benefit of it now is big for the guys on our team. You’re not only going to Penn State to be national champs. You’re also going to Penn State to make world teams.”

Fitting climax to the end of the year.

The wrestling team was named the Big Ten men’s team of the year and Cael was named men’s coach of the year.

And just to make the evening extra special, the women’s volleyball team was named the Big Ten women’s team of the year (and an almost Penn Stater :wink: , Mark Johnson, was named women’s coach of the year).