STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson has decided against competing in next week’s Olympic Team Trials and will not chase another gold medal.
Sanderson came out of retirement last year, seven years after winning gold at the Athens Olympics. He won the 185-pound freestyle title at the 2011 World Team Trials before finishing fifth at the World Championships in Turkey.
But the 32-year-old Sanderson said at a Penn State media day Wednesday for wrestling team members going to the Olympic trials in Iowa that he had no plans to join them on the mat this year as a competitor.
The Centre Daily Times reported that Sanderson decided his responsibilities as Penn State coach and father of two young boys outweighed a run for another gold.
He wasn’t the only one depart the trials.
Kurt Angle has survived steel chairs, low blows and dastardly double-crosses in the choreographed world of pro wrestling.
But Angle couldn’t continue on the amateur circuit when his own body betrayed him with a series of injuries that ended his improbable run at making the U.S. team for the London Olympics.
On Thursday, the former Olympic gold medalist and TNA Wrestling star backed out of next week’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa. The 43-year-old
partially tore the MCL in his right knee during training on Monday to finish off the longshot bid. He also tore his right hamstring during a training session last month.
“I feel like it was a waste of time,” Angle said by phone Thursday. “Here I am, at the 11:30 hour, and I get the worst injury I’ve gotten in the last year. I’ve had four or five injuries, but I’ve worked around them. This one, I can’t work around.
“There’s no way around it.”