March 11, 2013 |
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Last month, as Jordan Burroughs moved through Tehran's ancient streets en route to the Azadi Sports Complex, he understood better than ever the meaning and power of the Olympic Games. Traveling from his hotel to the site of the 2013 World Wrestling Championships, the Sicklerville resident saw overwhelming evidence that the wrestling-mad Iranians were just as incensed as Americans by the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop the sport starting in 2020.
August 13, 2012 |
LONDON - Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson spent the last seven years teaching Jake Varner how to be a world champion - and he was there Sunday when Varner joined him as an Olympic gold medalist. With Sanderson watching, Varner defeated Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine, 1-0, 1-0, to win gold in men's 96-kilogram freestyle. Coupled with Sicklerville's Jordan Burroughs' win in the 74 kilograms Friday night, it gave the American team multiple Olympic gold medalists in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996.
April 13, 2012
Caroline Wozniacki , Angelique Kerber , and Jelena Jankovic - the top three seeds in the e-Boks Open in Copenhagen, Denmark - advanced to the quarterfinals of the tennis tournament Thursday. Denmark's Wozniacki, the No. 1 seed, beat Pauline Parmentier of France, 6-2, 6-1, and will next face another Frenchwoman, Alize Cornet . Kerber, seeded second, downed Britain's Anne Keothavong , 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, and will play Mona Barthel in an all-German quarterfinal.
March 24, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State hasn't had a Heisman Trophy winner in nearly 40 years, but the Nittany Lions have secured another Hodge Trophy, their first since 1997. Nittany Lions wrestler David Taylor, who reeled off a dominant 32-0 season, became just the third sophomore and the first Penn State wrestler to win the Dan Hodge Trophy - college wrestling's equivalent to the Heisman - since Kerry McCoy. Taylor capped his remarkable second season with an individual 165-pound championship at last week's NCAA wrestling tournament, where he pinned four opponents in a total time of 8 minutes, 46 seconds.
March 20, 2011 |
A Nittany Lions-partisan Wells Fargo Center crowd greeted Arizona State senior Bubba Jenkins, a Penn State transfer, with a chorus of boos - as if Jenkins needed more motivation to win the 157-pound NCAA championship. The Virginia Beach native insists Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson forced him out of Happy Valley and made him feel unwelcome after taking over the program two years ago. Jenkins' showmanship contrasts drastically with the machinelike style of Sanderson, a legend who won four NCAA championships during his undefeated collegiate career at Iowa State.
March 19, 2011 |
Imagine your spouse split, then went off and married a rival. Then imagine they had kids who beat up your kids, often. Imagine it happening twice, and you'll begin to understand what it's like to be Iowa State wrestling fans. "I think we've started to feel like the ugly sister," said Jim Painter, one of the dozens of Iowa State fans in the Wells Fargo Center yesterday for the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Iowa State has two beautiful sons, though. Either one could be called the greatest American wrestler of all time, depending on whom you ask. Dan Gable lost one match as an ISU wrestler.
March 11, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Since no Penn State wrestling team - or, for that matter, any other Eastern team - has captured one since, you'd think the Nittany Lions' 1953 national championship trophy would be a sacred relic here. You'd be wrong. "I'd have to check . . . but I'm assuming it's in our all-sports museum," said a sports information official when asked its whereabouts. "I don't know if I've even seen the trophy," said wrestling coach Cael Sanderson. "Trophy? We won the championship in 1953?"
January 30, 2011 |
First in an occasional series LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Its light-aircraft plant and nearby paper mill shuttered, its Victorian downtown festooned with silk-screened photos of Clinton County's war veterans, its tallest structures a Civil War monument and a twin-spired courthouse built in 1869, Lock Haven survives more on memory than hope. The jobs in this community 23 miles southwest of Williamsport have disappeared the way timber once vanished from surrounding forests.
February 5, 2010 |
Nobody could have seen this hire coming. The best wrestler in the history of college wrestling was building a dynasty at his alma mater. Then Penn State came calling. Last April, after a disappointing 17th-place finish in the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships, Troy Sunderland resigned after nine years as head coach at Penn State, and a nationwide search for a replacement soon ensued. Tim Curley, Penn State's athletic director, lured 28-year-old Cael Sanderson away from Iowa State, two weeks after Sunderland's departure.
February 6, 2004 |
A pair of cousins are trying to strengthen the roots of the Willingboro wrestling team which, without the benefit of a middle-school feeder program, has struggled recently. Senior 130-pounder Brandon Hill and sophomore 140-pounder Tom Scotton are a combined 26-2 for the Chimeras, who are winless in 10 meets this winter. The wrestlers hope to change that. The program has seen its total number of athletes (12) drop as quickly as its win total (9) from last season. Seven wrestlers are competing in the sport for the first time.