I was hoping to get a full podcast episode published this week but it wasn’t to be.
I spent 3 1/2 days in St Louis watching the greatest spectacle in all of the sports… the NCAA Wrestling Championships (yes, I’m biased but this picture may convince you).
On my flight home, after just 2 hours of sleep albeit, I was thinking about the performance of the Penn State wrestling team. They dominated the tournament, winning 5 (of 10) weight classes and locking up the team championship well before the championship final round on Saturday night.
Sure, they have some amazing talent but so do many of the teams they outdistanced.
Iowa, for example, had the number one recruiting class a few years back who are now seniors and they finished a lowly (kidding) 4th. The defining moment for Penn State came when their freshman, Vincenzo Joseph, who was beating the undefeated 2x NCAA Champion late in the match, finished off his opponent with a gutsy high-risk move (for the wrestlers reading it was an inside trip… though I’m sure you already know this) for the pin.
WOW! 18,000+ in attendance exploded and nearly toppled the St. Louis Arch a mile away.
In this week’s abbreviated solo episode that I recorded in my car driving home from the airport on Sunday, I reflect on the wizardry of Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson as well as a related perspective I recently learned from 3x NCAA Champion coach Brian Boland of UVA Men’s Tennis and the words of a 22 year old wrestler in his post-match press conferenceFriday night.
But first…. If you don’t have time to listen to the entire episode or if you hear something that you like but don’t have time to write it down, be sure to grab your free copy of the Action Plan from this episode– as well as get access to action plans from EVERY episode– at JimHarshawJr.com/Action.