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Wrestler ends perfect career with final title

By Times staff and wire reports
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 24, 2002

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Cael Sanderson went out perfect.

The Iowa State senior completed his record-setting college career Saturday, winning his 159th match without a loss and claiming his fourth consecutive NCAA title.

The 197-pound Sanderson caught Jon Trenge by the ankle, turned it into a double-leg takedown and put the Lehigh sophomore straight to his back for a near fall, going on to score a 12-4 major decision.

More than 12,000 fans at the Pepsi Arena gave Sanderson a standing ovation that lasted nearly five minutes.

"That's what I was fighting basically, the fear that I would not perform up to my capability," Sanderson said, admitting it had been an effort to prepare for all those matches over four years. He was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.

Oklahoma State's Pat Smith, who had five losses in his career, is the only other four-time NCAA champion.

Spring football

MIAMI: Quarterbacks passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the first scrimmage, completing 17-of-37 attempts.

Transfer Brock Berlin, working with the scout team, threw a 65-yard touchdown to receiver Roscoe Parrish.

"We ran the ball well today and our passing game was pretty crisp," coach Larry Coker said. "It's obvious that we are a lot farther along at the receiver positions than we were a year ago."

Sophomore tailback Willis McGahee led all rushers with 111 yards on 11 carries, including a 56-yard run for a touchdown.

FLORIDA: Quarterback Rex Grossman went 15-of-24 for 167 yards with one interception at the second scrimmage. Wide receiver Reggie Vickers caught six passes for 53 yards and ran one kickoff 103 yards for the touchdown.

"I was pleasantly surprised," coach Ron Zook said. "I thought we did pretty good. Obviously, we have a long way to go."

Center David Jorgensen (ankle), defensive lineman Clint Mitchell (concussion), safety Todd Johnson (flu) and kicker Matt Piotrowicz (concussion) were out.

Linebacker Matt Farrior left the scrimmage with a swollen hand and broken blood vessel and linebacker Mike Nattiel injured his ankle. Both are day-to-day.

FLORIDA STATE: The defense dominated during the first scrimmage of spring. Starting quarterback Chris Rix struggled, going 2-of-8 for six yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

The defense played aggressively, sending blitzes to disrupt the quarterbacks.

Defensive end Alonzo Jackson sustained a minor injury to his right shoulder. Running back Greg Jones was held out because of a minor shoulder injury.

"It was a good old-fashioned scrimmage," coach Bobby Bowden said. "I told them that's the way we used to scrimmage. It reminded me of the old days."

SOUTH FLORIDA: Coach Jim Leavitt termed the Bulls' second day in pads "an average practice."

"The defense did better than the offense," he said. "I think they were embarrassed in Thursday's practice. They really got beat Thursday."

CENTRAL FLORIDA: Coach Mike Kruczek used the fourth practice for a limited scrimmage. "Our guys need to learn to play with some intensity," he said. "We have a lot of young people, but they will come around."


NORTH CAROLINA 7, FSU 1: Garry Bakker pitched seven three-hit innings and Chris Maples drove in four runs as the host Tar Heels won their eighth in a row to move to 5-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1995.

FLORIDA 14, SOUTH CAROLINA 5: Ryan Shealy had three RBIs and visiting Florida broke open a close game with an eight-run ninth. Alex Hart (7-0) gave up five hits in eight innings.

TAMPA 2-6, FLORIDA TECH 0-7: Joey Watts struck out seven in eight innings to get the win for the host Spartans in the opening game of a doubleheader split.

ECKERD 12-7, BARRY 4-3: Stephen Williams was 3-for-5 with three doubles, three RBIs, and two runs scored for the visiting Tritons in the opener, and Adam Toro had two hits in the nightcap.

FLORIDA SOUTHERN 8-2, SAINT LEO 7-6: Josh Prillhart scored the go-ahead run and drove in two more for the Saints in the nightcap of a doubleheader split.

Also ...

SOFTBALL: South Florida's 11-game winning streak ended with a 4-0 loss to visiting Southern Miss in the second game of a doubleheader. The Bulls won the opener 6-2 behind a two-run double by Rachel Williams.

HOCKEY: Minnesota beat Colorado College 4-2 at the West Region in Ann Arbor, Mich., to advance to the Frozen Four. Cornell, New Hampshire, Maine and Boston reached the quarterfinals in the East Region in Worcester, Mass.

-- Correspondent Debi Jones contributed to this report.

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