In the early 90s in the Easton area, there were four teams in the national top 25. Not state top 25...national top 25.
They had a Christmas Tournament where the #1, #5, #7 and #19 ranked teams nationally were all competing. And three of them were in the same conference. That's only one county in Eastern, PA. The Western part of the state is similar.
there were two "major" sports for which a participant got a large letter: football and wrestling. All other sports earned one a much smaller version of the same thing.
We had a successful wrestling program. When the coach, who also taught wood shop, broke a kids arm by throwing him across the shop classroom (not the shop area), the reaction was, shall we say, muted.
I grew up in SW PA, and high school wrestling was (and still is) king. Folks who don't follow the sport have no idea how good damn near every single college in the state is.
PSU has just been unreal the past 8 years or so. They are the Alabama of college wrestling...so we got that going for us. Groan.
Sanderson seems to be able to always have at least one — and, at times most unfortunate for an Iowa fan, several — absolutely dominant wrestler every year. Retherferd is that guy and he's only a freaking junior. He pinned the 3rd place finisher in the first period and won it all with a tech fall against a guy who was 32-2 on the season. Unreal.
I guess I'd be considered a grapoisseur.
hear the post-match interviews