Penn State heavyweight Anthony Cassar looks to transition to MMA

Penn State heavyweight Anthony Cassar looks to transition to MMA

Penn State heavyweight Anthony Cassar announced Tuesday afternoon that he’s currently seeking a sixth year of eligibility — to help further his push for the 2020 Olympics and a mixed martial arts career afterward. The announcement came during the November 27 media day in University Park.

Cassar finished 16-2 at 197 pounds last season and decided to move to heavyweight this year. Now a red-shirt senior, Cassar is currently 4-0 since the season began and is in the top five of the heavyweight rankings.

Cassar did not compete during the 2016 season due to a shoulder injury.

“The long-term goal is 2020 Olympics and, obviously, we’ve had a lot of success from guys coming off their college season,” Cassar said. “So that’s what’s making my choice a little easier if I decide to take that year. And, after that, I want to transition to mixed martial arts.”

When asked what his MMA nickname would be, the Nittany Lion standout replied “Champ” and then laughed.