STATS. Penn State wrestling has been kicking butt and taking names lately, giving us wrestling nerds a sense of supreme satisfaction. It's as if we're personally out there tearing some dude's face off, or cradling up another poor schmoe. We're not, but who says living vicariously through 18-22 year olds can't be a hoot? Not this boy.
Coach Cael left his collegiate wrestling home of Iowa to Come to Penn Shtaaaate in what many considered a shocking move. It was indeed a surprise, but his reasoning was flawless: he wanted inside access to Pennsylvania high school wrestling - historically the nation's best. By a wide margin, too.
Here's a listing of this year's NCAA National Qualifiers by state, which gives a pretty good indication of each state's overall strength. Call it the Streak Power Index, if you will. I am, even though all I did was find it. Has a nice ring to it, no? Yes.
A number of states are usually strong: Illinois, California, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, blah, blah, blah. All are well represented again this year at the NCAAs, with Illinois having produced 21 qualifiers, California 17, NJ 20, NY 26 and Ohio a robust 29. Bully for them.
Cael wanted to come to Penn State because of this number: 60. Uh-huh: Pennsylvania cranked out 60 qualifiers, which shows the remarkable depth of its high school wrestling. Pennsylvania has your number, Yo.
NEWS. Jimmy Lawson has had his fill of small college football, and is going back to his first love: twisting big fellas into pretzels. Is there a better place than Penn State to do just such a thing? No.
Better late than never. Welcome, Jimbo!