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Five Takeaways from Saturday’s NLWC Event

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Cael Sanderson has always been one that lets his actions speak than his words. Sanderson returned from a five-month Twitter hiatus on August 31st to cryptically tweet “Sept 19”. A day later, we found out that his Nittany Lion Wrestling Club (NLWC) would host an event on that date that would feature some of his club’s top athletes in intriguing matchups on Rokfin. The normally reserved Sanderson used social media to promote the event, which caught wrestling fans’ imagination across the country. After more communication than we are accustomed to from Cael, was it a surprise that his event on Saturday lived up to and surpassed its hype? Sure the main event was kind of a dud and that’s all the more reason to appreciate matches like the 2016 NCAA final between Kyle Snyder and Nick Gwiazdowski. One that lived up to the hype. Despite less action than anticipated between Bo Nickal and Alex Dieringer, the rest of the card made up for the main event’s lack of scoring. 

The undercard featured ultra-rare freestyle comeback from a 10-0 deficit by Jennifer Page, last-second wins by Jane Valencia and Jordan Wood, dominant performances by world medalists Thomas Gilman and Kyle Snyder, and a pair of possible star-making showings that we’ll detail below. In total, we have five takeaways from the NLWC event on Saturday.

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