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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    Not exactly a murderer's row of opponents, but nice to see him doing what he should be doing to these guys.
    Espinal is a pretty good wrestler, but not world medal cailber. I wonder what the thinking was in having Sanderson compete against weaker opponents rather than at the tougher Polish tournament. Is he going to wrestle anywhere else before the WC's?

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    There are no other tourneys.

    Participating in a the tourney in the town of Targovishte was a good choice. As kr1963 mentioned it was the town where Vlad III Dracula was enthroned 555 years ago. ))) Very symbolic!

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    THis just in...

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    The Beast has Hit Romania! RT @pennstatepat Just got word from Coach Cunningham Jake Varner just won title in Romania as well!

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    Jake Varner captures title at Ion Corneanu Memorial in Romania | TheMat.com - USA Wrestling

    Jake Varner won three matches to capture the title at the Ion Corneanu Memorial on Sunday.

    Varner downed past World silver and bronze medalist Krassimir Kochev of Bulgaria 4-0, 0-1, 1-0 in the freestyle finals at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Varner, a quarterfinalist at the 2009 World Championships, will compete at next month?s Worlds in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Kochev, 37, was second in the World in 2001 and third in 2002. He is a two-time Olympian.

    Varner (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) opened the tournament by sweeping Macedonia?s Dejan Bogdanov 6-0, 7-0 before downing Germany?s William Harth 6-0, 2-0.

    Varner won a title in Romania one day after his training partner and mentor, 2004 Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson, claimed the title at 84 kg/185 lbs. on Saturday. Sanderson, 32, the head coach at Penn State, is back competing again for the first time in nearly seven years.

    American Andrew Bisek (Colorado Springs, Colo./Minnesota Storm) won a bronze medal in the Greco-Roman competition on Sunday at 74 kg/163 lbs. Bisek went 4-1 on Sunday.

    Americans Pete Gounaridas and Moises Hernandez each lost their first match at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. on Sunday.

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    Forum posters crack me up. Both the mat and here are basically busting on Cael for kicking the holy dog shit out of his competition by saying he went into a tourney full of scrubs....How bout a little excitement for the fact that hes doing it and the fact our world team looks to have 4 "real medal hopefuls"
    Dlagnev, Sanderson, Burroughs, and Varner are my 4. I think Humph and Ware can win a couple and I'm liking Simmons as a possible medalist to make it 5 out of 7 which would be awesome

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    They should have been in Poland.

    Varner beat a dude who hadn't made noise in 9 years.

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    RD, I'm picking Sanderson to win worlds. I just look forward to seeing him against better competition. This tourney was a bit of a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hubbard View Post
    They should have been in Poland.

    Varner beat a dude who hadn't made noise in 9 years.
    I agree that it's a meaningless win, Kotchev hasn't represented Bulgaria since 2005 (he won bronze in '03). Don't think that decision to attend Romanian tournament necessarily had to do with wanting easier competition for Cael and Varner - it was supposedly a scheduling issue. He is a head coach of a major program after all. There were rumblings that some elite wrestlers would attend Romanian tournament but unfortunately it didn't end up happening.

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    It's too bad. Varner has a legit shot at winning gold as well in my opinion.

    I look forward to the Worlds.

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