Anthony DiCarlo possesses sight far beyond his eyes. The Anderson University (Anderson, S.C.) wrestler normally competes at 141 pounds, but agreed to wrestle in the 157-pound weight class to fill in for an injured teammate. His match against an opponent from the University of Central Missouri was the deciding factor in the dual meet last season. DiCarlo’s opponent had built a substantial lead, but the Anderson University senior remained focused. He fought his way back into the match. With about a minute left, DiCarlo was a takedown away from securing a win for himself and his team when the Central Missouri wrestler suffered injuries to both eyes, making him vulnerable to attack. DiCarlo did not seize the opportunity. He refused to execute any offensive moves on his seemingly helpless opponent. Time expired with Central Missouri getting the win. DiCarlo said, “It was one of those matches where things didn’t go my way and I didn’t win, but if someone is able to see a demonstration of sportsmanship in it then I’m thankful for that.” DiCarlo’s actions are a living embodiment of the motto “safety first.” He has been a living example of sportsmanship during his time at Anderson. According to wrestling coach Dock Kelly, “Anthony exhibits every aspect of what sportsmanship embodies on and off the wrestling mat. He has always represented our program, as well as Anderson University in the best manner possible. I am both blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to coach Anthony for the past four years.”
Anthony DiCarlo is the recipient of the NCAA’s Sportsmanship Award.