Cael Sanderson’s Penn State Wrestling Program Wins Fifth NCAA Title In Six Years
March 21 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
It's too bad that the focus on college sports in this country aims for the most part on football and men's basketball, with a tiny bit left over for baseball, and women's gymnastics (you fans of the latter know who you are, and you disgust me).
Because wrestling, the original sport handed down by the Greeks, is still a great sport. And which school is currently the greatest of the great? No, now Iowa (Batman slaps Robin meme). It's Penn State, which won the national championship again this year.
How completely bad-ass are the Nittany Lions? They're so bad-ass that they make an entrance like this:
This not only makes me want to watch college wrestling, but also to bring back the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West. The Daily Collegian:
Under the lights of Madison Square Garden, the Nittany Lions’ fans, among the 19,270 in attendance, saw seniors Nico Megaludis and Morgan McIntosh take the mat for the final time wearing a Nittany Lions’ singlet. Earlier in the day, they had watched Jordan Conaway end his career with a sixth-place finish.
The 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships were over. Penn State was a champion for the fifth time in sixth years.
Penn State's wrestling program began in 1909 and had won two national titles in 100 years -- until Cael Sanderson became the head coach in 2009. The Lions then reeled off a four-time NCAA title run from 2011 to 2014, then again this season.
Sanderson of course was the wrestling gold medalist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens; was undefeated in four years at Iowa State (159-0, the only Div. 1 NCAA wrestler to ever go unbeaten with more than 1oo wins). Sports Illustrated named his college career as the second most impressive college sports feat, behind the setting of four world records by Jesse Owens in a single hour at the 1935 Big Ten track and field conference championship meet.
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