This could be huge. PA consistenly puts the most home grown boys in the NCAA's. The problem is they wrestle everywhere. There are many schools in PA alone. PSU, Clarion, Lehigh, Bloomsburg, Edinboro, Loch Haven, Penn, etc... They also travel all over the country to compete for other schools. If Cael can get the cream of the crop to commit to PSU...WOW! Not to mention neighboring high school wrestling powerhouses in New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.
I often thought there was no reason why PSU shouldn't be top 5 every year. It only takes an iconic coach who can get his pick of the litter. Here's hoping Cael can accomplish this.
PSU asst coach Perry was discussing the crop of PA wrestlers who will be seniors this year. He stated they could be the best group in 20 years. PA is not only producing qualifiers and All Americans, they along with Ohio, NY and NJ are starting to shift the balance of Championships to the East. Or so I have read.
At PSU Cael can become his own man. Sure, he was beloved by ISU, but no matter what he did, he would always be 1A and 1B with Brand from Iowa, not to mention the long shadow of Gable in Iowa history. I don't know what Cael's goals are, but if everything lines up right, he could take a stab at having the best program of his era.
I know there are a lot of if's involved, but what does everyone else think? I've been out of the loop for quite awhile, but this has me pumped and wishing I lived closer to State College.