Capital Region wrestlers had their hands full when they went up against Columbia High’s Shawn Sheldon in the 1980’s. He went on to wrestle for Albany State and became the first local grappler to win the World Cup Championship when he took the 114.5-pound title in 1989 in Fredrikstat, Norway. Sheldon went through the tournament without having a single point scored against him. He also beat the reigning champion Andrei Kalachnikov of the Soviet Union. Earlier that year, Sheldon won the toughest international competition outside of the World Championships and the World Cup Championships in Eastern Siberia, Russia, when he took first place at 114.5 pounds in the Alexander Pudubny Championships. At that point, many people in the sport considered Sheldon to be the the best Greco-Roman wrestler in the country. Sheldon was a member of the 1988 Olympic team.