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The day college wrestling turned upside down

The Open Mat.com

By: Guy Cipriano (Original here)

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State made one of the boldest moves in its athletic history.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State entered name-your-price college athletics.

On the day college wrestling changed, Cael Sanderson left his alma mater.

On the day college wrestling changed, Sanderson told an Iowa State team capable of winning a 2010 NCAA title he wanted to coach somewhere else.

On the day college wrestling changed, Sanderson told Penn State he wanted everything it had to offer.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State informed qualified men who endured a thorough search and interview process of its decision to hire Sanderson.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State had a four-time NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist in its corner.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State had a coach featured on his own Wheaties box.

On the day college wrestling changed, Wheaties tasted good.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State moved closer to winning its first NCAA wrestling title since 1953.

On the day college wrestling changed, skilled and committed athletes from high schools such as Central Mountain, Blue Mountain and Central Dauphin worked a bit harder to become Nittany Lions.

On the day college wrestling changed, skilled and committed athletes from high schools Pennsylvanians know nothing about started formulating plans to visit Rec Hall.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State’s top-ranked 2010-11 recruiting class started taking shape.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State’s 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 recruiting classes also started taking shape.

On the day college wrestling changed, uncertainty turned into glee around the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex.

On the day college wrestling changed, the current Nittany Lions received the nation’s best practice partner.

On the day college wrestling changed, current Cyclones lost a big reason why they left their hometowns for Ames.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State received its second most marketable coach.

On the day college wrestling changed, some wondered how much Penn State will pay for a football coach when Joe Pater-no’s tenure ends.

On the day college wrestling changed, Iowa State lost its most marketable coach.

On the day college wrestling changed, Iowa State might have lost its place among the nation’s elite programs.

On the day college wrestling changed, some Iowans cried.

On the day college wrestling changed, other Iowans said, “Bring it On.”

On the day college wrestling changed, some Iowans were confused.

On the day college wrestling changed, Pennsylvanians were pleasantly surprised.

On the day college wrestling changed, the jobs facing outstanding coaches such as Iowa’s Tom Brands, Minnesota’s J Robinson, Oklahoma State’s John Smith, Cornell’s Rob Koll and Ohio State’s Tom Ryan became tougher.

On the day college wrestling changed, those men remained as motivated as ever.

On the day college wrestling changed, nobody handed Penn State a NCAA or Big Ten title.

On the day college wrestling changed, central Pennsylvanians discussed buying season tickets.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State guaranteed itself a hearty attendance increase during 2009-10.

On the day college wrestling changed, disappointing finishes became unacceptable at Penn State.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley made the best hire of his career.

On the day college wrestling changed, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard lost the biggest hire of his career.

On the day college wrestling changed, Penn State landed the biggest of big-name coaches.

On the day college wrestling changed, the university did the right thing.

On the day college wrestling changed, a sunny mid-April afternoon, a sport that needed a boost seemed to matter.

On the day college wrestling changed, it changed for the better.

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