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    Sanderson keeping everyone guessing about possible return - Sports | Centre Daily Times

    Don?t call it a comeback. Or can we? Or should we wait? Or are we hoping to see something athletes with bigger egos than this often pursue? In a way only he can, Penn State coach Cael Sanderson has the wrestling world guessing about his intentions for this weekend?s World Team Trials in Oklahoma City.

    As of Tuesday, Sanderson wasn?t entered in the event. But check back today, Thursday, Friday or even possibly Saturday. The 185-pound freestyle competition begins and ends Saturday. Multiple sources close to Sanderson said it?s possible he hasn?t made a final decision yet. Sanderson?s status as a past Olympic champion makes him eligible to compete in any USA Wrestling event. Weigh-ins for Sanderson?s class are Friday. He has until Saturday?s first whistle to make a decision.

    The comeback chatter started in March when Sanderson fulfilled a promise he made with his team by wrestling in a USA Wrestling regional event at SUNY Brock-port. Sanderson entered the tournament on a Friday. He dominated the 211-pound bracket a day later. Sanderson has watched the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club blossom this spring, culminating in a second-place team finish during April?s U.S. Open in Cleveland. Sanderson spends large portions of his days training NLWC athletes and looks as trim as he did when he won an Olympic freestyle gold medal at 185 pounds in 2004.

    Sanderson, according to multiple sources, has returned to 185 despite a busy life. Coaching a college team that recently won NCAA and Big Ten titles requires 24-hour thinking. The NLWC needs successful fundraising efforts to bring talented athletes such as Les Sigman, Teyon Ware and Jake Varner to State College. The club needs somebody with impressive credentials to train those athletes. The hectic lifestyle hasn?t diminished Sanderson?s wrestling skills.

    ?He?s looking as good as he always does,? said NCAA champion Quentin Wright, who?s competing at 185 pounds this weekend. ?Tough as nails, beating everybody up.?

    Sanderson has always been the toughest wrestler in the room. He never lost in college and captured a gold medal on his first attempt. He then became a head coach and his wrestling days appeared over ? until recently. Sanderson said in January being around world team members him to ponder a comeback.

    ?I like competing,? he said at the time. ?I have always played around with that in my mind. But coaching is more than a full-time job. We have goals we want to accomplish here.?

    Penn State accomplished two of those goals in March. But one source close to Sanderson said the titles don?t alter Sanderson?s views toward competing again. If Sanderson wrestles, it will be because it?s something he wants to do, another challenge to stimulate a fierce competitor. Maybe Sanderson, who turns 32 in 12 days, feels this is an ideal time to test himself against the sport?s current stars.

    USA Wrestling finds itself in a difficult spot regarding Sanderson. Ask too much of him, and he might cool to the idea of wrestling. But, the freestyle program needs a boost after a disappointing 2010 World Championships. Sanderson?s return also would generate interest that extends beyond traditional wrestling outlets. USA Wrestling isn?t prodding Sanderson to make a comeback, but he and national freestyle coach Zeke Jones communicate frequently. Jones said he wouldn?t be surprised if Sanderson competes this weekend.

    ?Sure, it could happen.? Jones told the Centre Daily Times. ?If I was a betting man, I would bet that he would to do it. But, I would only bet you a dollar. I wouldn?t bet much.?

    Jones added that Sanderson would wrestle only if he thinks he can compete at a high level.

    ?He needs to know in his heart and his mind what he wants to do,? Jones said. ?He may of made that decision by now or he might make it a minute before weigh-ins are over.?

    The return of an Olympic champion would create some interesting scenarios. Former Northwestern star Jake Herbert won the U.S. Open and receives a bye into the 185-pound final. Former Pitt star Keith Gavin finished second in Cleveland. The rest of the bracket will be randomly drawn. Could Sanderson and Wright meet in a early round? Maybe Sanderson draws Jon Reader, a 2011 NCAA champion who wrestled for him at Iowa State. Imagine the interest a meeting between Sanderson and 2008 Olympian Andy Hrovat creates.

    Unlike other star athletes, including one playing in the NBA Finals, Sanderson will quietly make his decision sometime this week. He?s being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame today and Wednesday. There?s a better chance of LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers than Sanderson turning the ceremony into a Gatorade toast to himself. One thing is certain ? Sanderson has been dropping plenty of sweat inside the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex these days. And only he knows whether he?ll quench his thirst to compete this weekend.

    Guy Cipriano covers wrestling for the Centre Daily Times. He can be reached at (814) 231-4643 or gciprian@centredaily.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cdtguy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    Now that is good!! Can't remember if any PSU fans said that about Iowa and the National Duals last year or not. But if so, this has great potential for a thread to get me through the summer. WHERE ARE YOU HERKEY? JUMP ON THIS!!
    Save the drama fo yo mama.

    Iowa fans are still being defensive about Brand's decision last year? It's over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badcat View Post
    Save the drama fo yo mama.

    Iowa fans are still being defensive about Brand's decision last year? It's over.
    It was a fun read last year. As an Ohio State fan, I just sat back and enjoyed.

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    I think Brands' actions worked out in their favor. So by that standard they did the right thing. he took a team that had a disappointing Midlands showing to regular season champs & missed the B10 tourney by 1 point. For a team that lost most of the wrestlers from the previous year, I would say that was a heck of a coaching job. He got his team to peak in March, Duals be damned.

    In the same light, until the NCAA actually does something to grow the sport of wrestling, I am not going to worry about any Duals competition when honestly the only competition that means anything are conference & NCAA tourneys.

    If the NCAA actually did something to prevent these TITLE IX program shut downs & then made the Duals tourney an NCAA sanctioned event like the NCAA BB tourney, then I think it would be on the calendar, (doh). And while the NCAA tourney is an awesome event, the NCAA really only gives a shit about it's 2 cash cows FB & BB. It wants more women's sport for law compliance & PR motives and does not care if there are mens' programs shutting down AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT FB & BB.

    Also it is apparent to me that President of the NCAA makes 7 figures & really only sanctions schools after the fact so that it will not hurt their revenue stream. I am betting that the cheating is so rampant that if we really knew publicly all the stuff that goes on behind closed doors we would be appalled.

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    MEDIA LINKS: June 11th, 2001 | Everything Penn State Wrestling
    Cael! QUENTIN! NLWC in Oklahoma City!
    Lots of WTT coverage, videos, PA wrestling, PSU Football & Men's Basketball NEWS

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    Updated with 17 videos! 3 interviews with Teyon, Cael & Jake included....matches of Quentin & Cael & finals of Teyon & Jake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kr1963 View Post
    Crap, I'm wrestling at the Keystone Games and I'm 185. Maybe I'll get to wrestle him for all of the 10 seconds it'd take for him to deck me.

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    Penn State Football: PSU vs Pitt? It's back ON!

    8 links with an old video of the rivalry from 1975-85
    yea I know it ain't wrasslin'....

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