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Local wrestlers hoping to become the best in the district, region or state are getting the chance to learn from one of the best of all-time.

Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson — who’s widely regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, wrestler in NCAA history — will be making a stop in Kingston later this month to help run a clinic.

He’ll coach the first two hours of a three-hour session organized by Ricky and Rocky Bonomo, who will run the other hour, and Valley West coach Ryan Vassello.

“Honestly, the opportunities are endless,” Vassello said. “I believe it’s a good way to start off our year on a positive note, get these kids really excited about the upcoming season.

“Let’s start setting our goals early. Let’s start accomplishing our goals. Most importantly, I think it’s ... an honor for these kids to be a part of something special.”

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Oct. 27 at Valley West Middle School located at 201 Chester St. in Kingston. It’s open to wrestlers in grades 1-12, and Vassello said there will be plenty of mat space for anyone interested.

However, the clinic is available through pre-registration only. It costs $75, and checks can be made to Spartan Wrestling Club; for more information, Vassello can be reached at

Sanderson compiled a perfect 159-0 record wrestling at Iowa State, including four consecutive NCAA Division I championships and three Dan Hodge trophies, awarded to the top college wrestler in the country.

That’s before he won an Olympic gold medal and eventually took over at Penn State, where the Nittany Lions have won seven of
the last eight NCAA
team championships.