Falk wins national title; Sanderson prepares for Worlds

Penn State head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson.

As Cael Sanderson continues his remarkable comeback, preparing for September’s Wrestling World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, another Utah wrestler won a Greco-Roman national title.

Former West Jordan wrestler Jacob Falk won the 145-pound weight class of the Junior & Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D., earlier this month. Falk, who will wrestle for Utah Valley University this year, helped Utah to a eighth-place finish in the Greco-Roman Junior division. See a video of Falk’s victory here and also see the interview after he won.

UVU teammate-to-be Val Rauser took fourth in the 130-pound Greco-Roman division. In the next weight class, Maple Mountain’s Grant LaMont took third. LaMont also took third in freestyle tournament.

Here is a list of Utah’s other All-Americans:



91 pounds — Joe Mondragon, seventh place

119 pounds — Antonio Meikel, eighth place

130 pounds — Brigg Butler, third place

145 pounds — Kimball Bastian, second place


119 pounds — Mitch Brown, sixth place

285 pounds — Carlos Tuner, eight place


As for Heber City native Sanderson, check this story in the Deseret News about how Sanderson and his family are trying to balance a very busy schedule of coach a top NCAA wrestling program, prepare for the world’s best wrestlers and raise a family that includes two young boys. He might be even thinking of competing in the 2012 Olympics.

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