By Jim Carlson | Special to PennLive
on February 03, 2015 at 5:05 PM, updated February 03, 2015 at 5:11 PM
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Penn State has had 14 months to tweak its set-up in Bryce Jordan Center to create a better wrestling atmosphere and Nittany Lion wrestling coach Cael Sanderson believes all is well for Sunday’s showing with top-ranked Iowa.
The 1 p.m. match, which will be aired live on the Big Ten Network, is the second time in Sanderson’s six years at Penn State that the Lions will wrestle at the BJC. Penn State set an NCAA single-dual attendance record on Dec. 8, 2013 with 15,996 fans against Pittsburgh, a match the Lions won 28-9.
This year is a match-up made in wrestling heaven. Wrestling Iowa is enough to create an instant sellout, which it did, and having Iowa just happen to be No. 1 only adds to the spectacle.
“I’ve always enjoyed competing against Iowa just because they are a great competitor and have a very strong program and have had a ton of success,” Sanderson said. “It’s definitely something to look forward to and prepare for.”
Preparation is the key and adjustments have been made.
“We figured out afterward that there were seats that couldn’t see the riding time or the clock at all so we made those adjustments,” Sanderson said about problems that surfaced during or after the Pitt match.
“The mat is going to be a little lower this year so it’s easier to see. The higher it is the worse the seats on the floor are. You make little adjustments like that and maybe the (teams’) entrance and stuff. It’s hard to figure those things out until you actually try it and get in there and work through it.”