Ruth, Taylor end remarkable journey

It’s a bittersweet time for those of us who are passionate about Penn State wrestling.

After another great dual meet season and Big Ten championship, what a thrill it was to watch as the Nittany Lion wrestlers came through again to win their fourth consecutive NCAA title.

Unfortunately, it brought an end to two of the greatest wrestling careers I have witnessed in Ed Ruth and David Taylor.

It’s somehow very sad to see these two extraordinary athletes close out their careers as Penn State wrestlers, but on the other hand, what a privilege it has been to watch them perform these last four years.

For those of you who cannot appreciate the sacrifice that these individuals make on a daily basis to be as dominating as they are, you don’t know what you’re missing. I look so forward to following both Ruth and Taylor as they take their talents to the next level and represent our country as USA wrestlers.

As for Penn State wrestling, the cupboard is far from bare. With five All-Americans returning and three of the top 13 recruits in the country coming to Happy Valley next season, the future looks very bright, and with coach Cael Sanderson and his staff at the helm, I don’t see any reason why this team won’t be a force to reckon with in the near future.

I think the Penn State community should count their blessings that they have the greatest wrestler of all time as their leader – and Sanderson has brought an atmosphere to Rec Hall that is second to none.

If you’ve never been to a Penn State wrestling match, try it. Season tickets are always sold out, but SRO tickets are usually available. Plus, after the success of last season’s trip into the Bryce Jordan Center, I’m sure they will do that again, which will give more opportunity for fans to catch the Lion wrestlers in action.

As we sit and wait for another season to roll around, here’s a big thank you to Ed Ruth and David Taylor for the privilege it’s been to watch them dominate for the past four seasons. They deserve good luck in the future as they move on to represent our country.

Richard H. Shawley Jr.


Chambers on spot after wasted CBI trip

To cut to the chase, the CBI game at Siena was probably coach Pat Chambers’ last at Penn State.

I have to ask myself what did Chambers have to gain by accepting to play in the CBI which is more than a consolation tournament for also-rans.

I believe he really felt this was the only way to save his job at Penn State. Well, it backfired.

The school paid $35,000 to host the game, and that was proven to be a waste. There were only 16 teams ranked 100 through 116, and none were of any quality.

As far as the players were concerned, deep down, their hearts were not in this tournament. That ended when they lost to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.

I predict D.J. Newbill will graduate from Penn State in June and move onto another basketball program, which is competitive. He needs to showcase his talents to get a shot at the NBA or play professionally in Europe.

I believe Penn State basketball will go south if Chambers remains.

When new Penn State President Eric Barron takes over, he will hire a new AD who must hit the road running by hiring a new men’s basketball coach.

Penn State needs to go in a different direction. If it plans to treat men’s basketball with the goal to be competitive in the Big Ten, it will have to hire a coach who is a winner at all levels he was involved in and pay big money.

If not, then Penn State men’s basketball will remain near or at the bottom of the Big Ten.

Chambers is a very classy gentleman with a heart of gold in his endeavor to make Penn State a winner. He will fit better at either a small college or become an eventually an an assistant head coach at the major level college.

Meanwhile, Penn State can claim three NCAA national champions in women’s volleyball, wrestling and the combined men’s and women’s fencing teams.

What other schools in Division I can match that?

Les Hart