Anthony Cassar, 2019 NCAA heavyweight champ for Penn State, has always let it be known he would like to make an eventual career move from wrestling into professional mixed arts. While his next goal is representing the U.S. Olympic men's freestyle team at 125 kilograms/275 pounds at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Cassar has just taken the next significant step toward realizing his MMA dream:
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#Repost @malkikawa with @make_repost ・・・ Excited to announce the signing of the reining and defending 2019 @ncaawrestling heavy weight champ @ant_thechamp_cassar - this @pennstatewrest will make his mma transition once next years olympics are done. Welcome to the #frm family
Cassar's final season wrestling as Penn State heavyweight, winning the 2019 NCAA 285-pound title, the 2019 Big Ten crown, and the 2019 NWCA First-Team National All-American team, concluding with a 30-1 overall record, including 15 majors, two tech falls and five pins. Cassar had planned to wrestle at Penn State for the 2019-2020 season; however, on Jan. 7, 2020, the Nittany Lions announced that Cassar and 2018 NCAA All-American Kyle Conel (197) were out for the season due to injury .
Cassar eventually hopes to join other former Penn State wrestling champs in pro MMA careers, including Phil Davis, Ed Ruth, and Bo Nickal.
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