UNIVERSITY PARK — Cael Sanderson has savored the sweet taste of success while leading the Penn State wrestling program to national dominance.
Before big matches, Sanderson will have his wrestlers eat cake to celebrate how well they're going to perform.
It's a practice, borrowed from team counselor and close friend Bonnie Epstein, that Sanderson employs to increase accountability and keep things light, two tenets of his young tenure.
“Anytime you can get kids to really imagine and picture themselves being successful, that's what we want to do,” Sanderson said. “Whether it's having a cupcake or them drawing pictures of themselves, it's really important.”
Penn State has won the past three NCAA Division I wrestling championships and again is ranked No. 1.
There arguably has been no bigger reason than the polite, soft-spoken Sanderson, one of the greatest collegiate wrestlers of all time and an Olympic champion.
Sanderson, 34, has enjoyed a seamless transition from world-class athlete to coach, something even Wayne Gretzky, Ted Williams and Isiah Thomas failed to do.
“It's about being able to put a team together and try to be the best team in the country or the best program you can be,” Sanderson said. “That's exciting to me. I like building stuff.”
Jake Herbert and Andy Hrovat, former Big Ten matmen and past U.S. Olympic freestyle team members, have been named co-executive directors of Michigan USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport announced Saturday.
Herbert and Hrovat will be directly involved in youth wrestling in the state of Michigan, according to the USA Wrestling announcement.
Herbert, 28, a high school state champ in his native Pennsylvania, is arguably one of the most successful wrestlers in the history of Northwestern University wrestling. Herbert compiled a 149-4 wrestler primarily at 184 pounds, winning three Big Ten conference crowns (2006, 2007, 2009) and two NCAA Division I titles in 2007 and 2009. The product of Pittsburgh was presented with the Hodge Trophy in 2009 as the best college wrestler that year. He competed in freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, placing seventh at 84 kilos/185 pounds.
In addition, Herbert has been an active member of the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW), a go-to guy for media-savvy quotes about the sport. And if that weren't enough, Herbert plays early 1980s Oklahoma State wrestler Mike Sheets in the upcoming Hollywood movie "Foxcatcher" about Olympic gold medal-winning brothers Mark and Dave Schultz.
He’s never stepped foot in an Octagon to compete but is one of the world’s best welterweights. He also happens to be available for hire.
Ben Askren, the former Bellator welterweight champion, took time to speak with Bleacher Report MMA about a future that’s uncertain. It was widely suspected thatAskren would immediately head towards the UFC with his run in Bellator done, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
UFC president Dana White let it be known that the company has no interest in signing Askren, implying he could go elsewhere and improve his overall game. By many fans, it seems like White is simply trying to control who has the bargaining chips at the negotiation table and Askren agrees.
“I’d be shocked if I didn’t get an offer from the UFC,” Askren said. “I’m the sixth ranked fighter in the division.”
Askren achieved that kind of recognition by amassing a 12-0 record while competing mainly in Bellator. He’s one of the best wrestlers to enter the sport in recent memory and outside of the fight with Jay Hieron, has rag-dolled the 170-pound division inBellator.
It would make sense for Askren to be signed for the promotion, as it’s hard to be the premier promotion in the world and not sign a top 10 talent if they’re available. Askrenhas even offered to help Joe Silva by picking his opponent for his UFC debut, Rory MacDonald.
What better way to spend Halloween than in something you're comfortable in? Like wrestling gear. If you're a wrestler this is quite possibly the easiest costume too.
Here's what you'll need:
- Wrestling Shoes (ones you're not wearing on the mat anymore)
Done. Now go out and have some fun!
If you're in a colder climate than add a warmup if you have one or sweats and a sweatshirt. Just take your singlet off your arms and hang them down over the sweets so it can be seen and you'll look just like a wrestler in wrestling practice.
There's lot of cool wrestling singlets out there these days and this Superman one is pretty sweet. How intimidated would you opponent be if they saw they had to wrestle Superman!
photo via shoesluvr
Suck It Up Princess!
Keep Olympic Wrestling Alive!
Not exactly sure what the video is for, but it's pretty sweet to watch.
Needless to say, don't wrestle in traffic.
During the off-season, most wrestlers cling to the junk food that they craved all season long. Is it worth it? Probably not, but it's somehow satisfying. Sadly, you'll need to work pretty hard to get that food worked off.
Nothing like having basketball players agree that wrestling mats would look better on their floors. via coach_sway_maestas