Even in defeat Sanderson stayed positive. Though his match was not the international debut he had hoped for, it was a good introduction to one of the two men most likely to battle him for gold medals at the worlds in New York City this September and at the Olympics in Athens next year. (The other top wrestler in Sanderson's weight class, reigning Olympic and world champion Adam Saitiev of Russia, didn't make it to San Jose because of visa problems.) "I'm not worried about the loss," Sanderson said. "This was a good match for me. I need to learn from this and wrestle him smarter next time. This is just the beginning of our rivalry."