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Sanderson Shines In Return To The Mat

Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson was quite the grappler in his day. During his time at Iowa State, he won four straight national championships and did not lose a match, going 159-0. He went on to win the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics in freestyle wrestling.

After his Nittany Lion team won the Big Ten Tournament earlier this month, Sanderson has forced to uphold a promise he made to his men by competing in the USA Wrestling Northeast Senior Freestyle Regionals which took place this past weekend. Even though he hadn’t wrestled in a official match in seven years, he didn’t seem to miss a beat.

Sanderson took home the 211-pound title in Brockport, New York on Saturday, not allowing a point to any of the three competitors he faced. And while he could participate the World Team Trials (he already qualified for being a former Olympic champion), he said he only wrestled “just for fun.”

You have to admit, though, it would be pretty cool to see the 31-year old give it one more go-around, maybe add another Olympic gold to the trophy case.

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Dan Vecellio

Dan is a graduate student in meteorology, hailing from Bradford, Pennsylvania. His interests include sports, Penn State and commons cheesesteaks. Feel free to contact me through my email or follow me on Twitter.


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