Penn State Wrestling - The Right Way

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Any wrestling fan or casual observer knows that Penn State is the best wrestling team in the country. What has impressed me over the years and, in particular, at the Southern Scuffle this year is the way they go about their business.  They are young men, not robots, and do have fun and enjoy what they are doing.  Nevertheless, they are all business on the mat, no histrionics, no complaining, just wrestle.  But two things that I observed really had an impact on me.

Mark Hall (national champion) was asked for his autograph by one of the young workers at the Scuffle, and the young man remarked that he was a big fan of Hall's.  Hall replied, "Thanks, and I am a big fan of you, too."  Bo Nickal (national champion) was asked for a picture with a young fan, and he promptly agreed.  Then a line formed for pictures with him, and he posed with everyone of them, until the ushers had to bring it to a halt since the aisles were packed.  It was good to see national caliber athletes that take time for fans and appreciate them.  

All of this goes back to their coach, Cael Sanderson, who if my memory is correct, after winning his fourth national championship and finishing his college career undefeated, asked to wait on his mat-side television interview because he didn't want to hold up the next weight class and have those wrestlers wait to wrestle until his interview was finished.  

Penn State is definitely doing things the right way

Mike Parker


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