Anthony Cassar Wins 2019 NCAA Heavyweight Title

By Craig Fritz on March 23, 2019 at 8:40 pm
Penn State Heavyweight Anthony Cassar
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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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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.

The Lions still have four more finalists to go on what looks to be a special night in Pittsburgh. 

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