Cael Sanderson to put on Clinic at Delsea Regional High School (NJ)
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Greg Sawyer met Cael Sanderson when the two were in college.
It was a memorable, yet unproductive meeting for Sawyer, who became one of Sanderson?s 159 victims.
Sanderson went 159-0 in his four-year wrestling career at Iowa State, winning four national titles. Sawyer, who competed for Rider and Seton Hall and is now the head coach at Delsea Regional High School, was a two-time national qualifier.
They will be on the same wrestling mat again next week when Sanderson ? now the coach of NCAA champion Penn State ? will be at Delsea with the majority of his coaching staff and title-winning team.
The Penn State program will be putting on a three-day clinic beginning Monday, the second consecutive year the Nittany Lions are making a stop at Delsea. The clinic is for wrestlers in kindergarten through 12th grade.
?Last year was awesome,? said Sawyer. ?They had about their entire coaching staff and 95 percent of their team here. There was a lot of technique being shown. The only way you can get more D-I All-Americans in the same room is at the national tournament.?
The clinic is being jointly hosted by Delsea and Seagulls Wrestling Club. Seagulls coach Pete DiBiase, a former head coach at West Deptford, was able to use his contacts at Penn State to bring the team to South Jersey last year, according to Sawyer.
?They hit a couple high schools up and down the East Coast and they were looking for a place in South Jersey,? said Sawyer. ?It kind of fell into our lap. We had never done a clinic before, but you can?t turn down Cael Sanderson.?
After Iowa State, Sanderson went on to win a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He led the Nittany Lions to the NCAA title in just his second year as the coach in Happy Valley.
Sanderson returned to competitive wrestling this past weekend and earned a spot on the U.S. team at the World Team Trials by sweeping through the 184-pound class ? just days after being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
He will compete at the 2011 freestyle world championships in Instanbul, Turkey, in September.
Sawyer isn?t surprised by much Sanderson does after experiencing wrestling him first-hand.
?It was at the Keystone Classic at Penn, and I came up a little short,? recalled Sawyer. ?He beat me pretty good, but he didn?t pin me. It was an opportunity to wrestle one of the best American wrestlers of all-time.
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