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Penn State Wrestling’s Anthony Cassar Out For Year

Penn State wrestling will be without national champion heavyweight Anthony Cassar moving forward, head coach Cael Sanderson announced at his weekly media availability Tuesday. He said 197-pounder Kyle Conel, who transferred from Kent State this year, is also done for the season.

Sanderson said true freshman Seth Nevills will burn his redshirt to compete in place of Cassar, while Shakur Rasheed will move up to 197 lbs., a weight class he wrestled at two years ago, in place of Conel.

Cassar will spend the next few months rehabbing a shoulder injury in preparation for the Olympic Trials. His last competition came in the U.S. Senior Nationals, out of which he injury defaulted. Before his injury, Cassar had picked up right where he left off last season by going 3-0 to start his title-defense year.

Conel, meanwhile, had struggled in his return to college wrestling, going 3-3, including two dual losses.

The Nittany Lions, now looking perhaps as vulnerable ever, will resume their season this weekend after more than a month off. They’ll host Illinois at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 10 and Northwestern at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 12.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is Onward State’s managing editor, a preferred walk-on honors student, and a senior majoring in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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