photo courtesy of Richard Immel
Earlier today, the Daily Collegiate reported that Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson announced 2019 NCAA champion Anthony Cassar would miss the remainder of the season. Cassar suffered a shoulder injury in Fort Worth, Texas while competing for a spot in the Olympic Trials at US Senior Nationals. At that time the injury seemed severe enough to threaten his season and rumors have floated around for the past few weeks speculating on his availability. Cassar’s focus will now shift to rehabbing in an attempt to qualify for the Trials. Anthony has battled injuries throughout his time in State College. He missed two full seasons and was granted eligibility throughout the 2019-19 and 2020-21 seasons. It’s unclear if he’ll seek to compete at the collegiate level next year.
Cassar appeared in three matches at 285 lbs for the Nittany Lions this season and was victorious in all three. Two of those wins came again past All-Americans Tanner Hall (Arizona State) and Jordan Wood (Lehigh). Anthony’s NCAA title winning season saw him finish with a 30-1 record and he avenged his only loss of the year, to Derek White (Oklahoma State), in the NCAA finals. After the loss at the Southern Scuffle, Cassar reeled off 19 consecutive wins. Along the way he also captured a Big Ten title in that, the first year he was able to compete in the postseason.
Sanderson also confirmed that they will need to pull Seth Nevills’ redshirt to replace Cassar in the PSU lineup. Seth is currently 6-0, while competing unattached, though he has yet to face any national qualifier-caliber opponents.