Friday, June 01, 2007

Wrestling Wreport

Penn State Nittany Lion Heavyweight Aaron Anspach was denied a sixth-year of eligibility by the NCAA.

The native of Columbia, Pa., had two seasons cut short by injuries and wrestled in 85 bouts over the course of five years, an average of only 17 matches per season. Of those 85 bouts, a third (27) was during his true natural red-shirt season in 2002-03. Over the course of his final four years, he missed the bulk of two with injuries and wrestled in 58 bouts, an average of less than 15 per season. Anspach leaves Penn State with a 43-15 career record and a perfect 12-0 mark in major decisions.

With all the injuries Anspach had to face I never thought the NCAA would turn down his hardship plea. Luckily Penn State has some top recruits coming in at this weight class but this hurts. Anspach would have probably been the top ranked wrestler considering he had beaten all the other returning ranked wrestlers.

In other news, BSD has beaten me to the punch again. The Athletic Department has handed down it's punishment for the wrestlers involved in the "hazing" incident in 2005.

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