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.