In fact, they were intensified. "There were more nerves," Sanford said of this year's state preliminary dual when comparing it to that of his junior season. "Last year, I was an underdog and was just going out there saying, 'Whatever happens, happens.' This year, I'm expected to do well, so there are more nerves. "Despite some uneasiness, Sanford (Sr., 34-4) was still able to come out on top in Thursday's preliminary round.