That's how you start championship night at the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Tournament. Penn State heavyweight Anthony Cassar used a second-period, six-point move to bury No. 1 seed Derek White (Oklahoma State) in the first bout of the evening.
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Here is the six-point move that powered Anthony Cassar over Derek White. pic.twitter.com/zIQuLpoziB— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) March 23, 2019
Cassar's journey to Cael Sanderson's starting heavyweight, his first NCAA Tournament, and first title, is a quite a winding road. The champ battled injuries, wrestling-room competition, and changing weights over his years in State College. He emerged as a bulked-up, but lightning-quick monster who seemed to get stronger as the season wore on. He was the only wrestler in the nation to beat Minnesota freshman freak Gable Steveson, and he did it twice. Cassar is the first Nittany Lion champion at heavyweight since Kerry McCoy in 1997.
However the journey began, and the winding road it took, it's easy to see how well heavyweight fits Cassar.
"Heavyweight was what I was meant to be because it fits my personality perfectly. I love to lift and eat."— Mark Wogenrich (@MarkWogenrich) March 23, 2019
Penn State's Anthony Cassar on moving up from 197 to heavyweight and becoming an NCAA champ.
The Lions still have four more finalists to go on what looks to be a special night in Pittsburgh.