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Cael Sanderson

Cael Sanderson American wrestler

American wrestler
Cael Sanderson
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American wrestler
A.K.A. Cael Norman Sanderson
Is Wrestler Amateur wrestler Sports coach Athlete
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 20 June 1979, Salt Lake City, USA
Age: 41 years
Star sign GeminiGemini
Education
Iowa State University 1997
Awards
Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award 2002
The details

Biography

Cael Norman Sanderson (/ˈkl/ KAYL; born June 20, 1979) is an American former folkstyle and freestyle wrestler, and is the current head coach of the Pennsylvania State University wrestling team. As a wrestler, he won an Olympic gold medal and four NCAA Division I individual titles. In 2002, Sports Illustrated recognized his college career as the second most impressive feat in college sports history.

Early life

Sanderson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is the third of four brothers.

Wrestling career

College

After graduating from Wasatch High in 1997, Sanderson competed at Iowa State University. He redshirted the 1997–98 season. As a redshirt freshman, Sanderson won all 39 matches and the NCAA title at 184 pounds (83 kg). He became the first freshman in NCAA tournament history to be named the NCAA Wrestling Team Championship's Outstanding Wrestler.

Sanderson was also undefeated in the 1999–2000 season, going 40–0 and winning another NCAA title. He also won the Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation's best college wrestler. He was the first underclassman to win the Hodge Trophy. In the off season, he won the World University title in Tokyo, Japan.

As a junior, Sanderson went 40–0, raising his record to 119–0. He broke the prior record, held by Iowa State alumnus Dan Gable, of 98 consecutive wins. He was also named Outstanding Wrestler in the NCAA tournament and was the first two-time winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy.

Sanderson's 2001–02 campaign again led to him going undefeated at 40–0. He became the second wrestler to win an NCAA Division I individual title four times, the first being Pat Smith. He also won his third Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation's best college wrestler. Sanderson set an NCAA record with 159 straight wins. His success brought attention even from non-wrestling fans. Sanderson was the first wrestler since 1988's Wheaties Search for Champions winner Sammy Chagolla to be featured on Wheaties cereal boxes. His final college accomplishments were a record of 159–0, 4 NCAA titles, 3 Dan Hodge Trophy awards, 4-time NCAA Outstanding Wrestler, and 4-time Big 12 Conference Champion.

International

Sanderson won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece as well as a silver medal at the 2003 World Wrestling Championships. Sanderson also would have represented the United States in world competition in 2002. However, citing security concerns, the American freestyle team chose to not compete that year.

In 2011, Sanderson came out of retirement and placed fifth in the world. By 2011, however, he was the head coach of the wrestling team at Pennsylvania State University, and could only train when his coaching responsibilities were taken care of.

Match results

World Championships & Olympics
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2011 UWW world 5th at 84kg
Loss 13–3 Albert Saritov 0–1, 0–3 September 17, 2011 2011 World Wrestling Championships Istanbul, Turkey
Win 13–2 Alireza Goudarzi 6–0, 1–0
Win 12–2 Yermek Baiduashov 4–3, 0–1, 2–1
Win 11–2 Yoon Chan-uk Fall
Loss 10–2 Sharif Sharifov 8–2
Win 10–1 Alejandro Gallardo 6–0, 7–0
2004 Olympic 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 84kg
Win 9–1 Moon Eui-jae 3–1 August 28, 2004 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece
Win 8–1 Yoel Romero 3–2
Win 7–1 Majid Khodaei 6–5
Win 6–1 Siarhei Borchanka 9–1
Win 5–1 Magomed Kurugliyev 4–2
2003 UWW world 2nd place, silver medalist(s) at 84kg
Loss 4–1 Sazhid Sazhidov 3–4 September 12, 2003 2003 World Wrestling Championships New York, New York
Win 4–0 Rezav Mindorashvili 4–2
Win 3–0 Mahmed Aghaev 3–0
Win 2–0 Majid Khodaei 8–2
Win 1–0 Tero Perkkioe 8–2

Coaching career

Iowa State

Sanderson began his coaching career with the season ending in 2004 as a special assistant for the wrestling team at Iowa State University. After short stints in associate head coaching positions, he became the head coach for the season ending in 2007. In three seasons, Sanderson led the Iowa State University wrestling team to NCAA Division I national placements of second, fifth, and third. He also coached his wrestlers to two individual NCAA Division I national titles.

Penn State

Before the season ending in 2010, Sanderson became the head coach of the wrestling team at Pennsylvania State University. As of 2019, Sanderson has won eight NCAA Division I team titles. During that time, he also coached his wrestlers to 23 individual NCAA Division I national titles.

Coaching results

Coaching Record
Season Team Finish Dual Record All Americans National Champions
Iowa State University
2007 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 13-3-0 4 1
2008 5th 16-4-0 7 0
2009 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 15-3-0 4 1
Pennsylvania State University
2010 9th 13-6-1 3 0
2011 1st place, gold medalist(s) 17-1-1 5 1
2012 1st place, gold medalist(s) 13-1-0 6 3
2013 1st place, gold medalist(s) 13-1-0 5 2
2014 1st place, gold medalist(s) 15-1-0 7 2
2015 6th 11-4-0 5 1
2016 1st place, gold medalist(s) 16-0-0 6 2
2017 1st place, gold medalist(s) 14-0-0 6 5
2018 1st place, gold medalist(s) 14-0-0 8 4
2019 1st place, gold medalist(s) 14-0-0 7 3
Career 184-24-2 73 25

Awards and honors

2011
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Ion Corneanu Memorial
2004
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Summer Olympics
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Manitoba Open
  • John Smith Award as the Freestyle Wrestler of the Year
2003
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s) World Wrestling Championships
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Pan American Games
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Manitoba Open
  • John Smith Award as the Freestyle Wrestler of the Year
2002
  • Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award
  • Dan Hodge Trophy winner
  • NCAA Division I Championships Outstanding Wrestler
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) NCAA Division I
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Big 12 Conference
2001
  • Dan Hodge Trophy winner
  • NCAA Division I Championships Outstanding Wrestler
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) NCAA Division I
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Big 12 Conference
2000
  • Dan Hodge Trophy winner
  • NCAA Division I Championships Outstanding Wrestler
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) NCAA Division I
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Big 12 Conference
1999
  • NCAA Division I Championships Outstanding Wrestler
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) NCAA Division I
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Big 12 Conference

Other honors

  • Iowa Sports Hall of Fame inductee
  • Wheaties cereal box appearance
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