NEW PALESTINE — The last five summers, Chad and CJ Red have traveled to State College, Pa. for a wrestling camp at Penn State University.
For CJ, the camp represents another step in his continuing quest to be known as the best — not only in Indiana, but in the country.
One of the New Palestine sophomore’s goals is to wrestle collegiately at Penn State, currently the No. 1-ranked team in Division I. The Nittany Lions are coached by Cael Sanderson, who went 159-0 in four seasons as a wrestler at Iowa State. Sanderson is the lone grappler in NCAA history go his entire career without losing a match.
NP’s Mr. Undefeated wants to wrestle for the Mr. Undefeated.
“In order for that to happen, he’s got to keep working and keep trying to climb the ladder,” said Chad Red, CJ’s father and the Dragons’ coach, after New Palestine won its invite Saturday. “He knows that.”
As a freshman, CJ finished 48-0 en route to the 106-pound state championship. Now wrestling at 120, CJ is off to another unbeaten start and is the top-ranked wrestler in his new weight class according to IndianaMat.com.
“His routine is a little bit different than everyone else. I look at him different than everybody else because he’s been doing it for awhile,” Chad said of CJ. “Our expectations are very high for him and he has his own high expectations. I’m not going to say I want everybody else to be like him; I don’t look at it like that. I coach the whole team; that’s my own kid and he’s been doing it since he came out the womb."
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