About

Cael Sanderson is one of the most decorated collegiate wrestlers of all-time. After a successful collegiate career, Sanderson has continued his dominance onto to world and Olympic circuits. During his time on the Iowa State wrestling team, Sanderson became only the second four-time NCAA Champion. Sports Illustrated named his undefeated career at Iowa State as the number two most outstanding achievement in the history of collegiate athletics. After his time at Iowa State, Sanderson went on to compete in his first Olympic Games in 2004, winning a gold medal.

Biography

Years on Team USA: 4 (2001-05)
Residence: Ames, Iowa
Club: Sunkist Kids
Coach: Bobby Douglas
College: Iowa State Univ.
High School: Heber City, Utah (Wasatch)
Born: June 20, 1979 in Salt Lake City, Utah
Height: 6’0″

Individual Career Highlights:
- 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist
- 2003 World Silver Medalist
- First Undefeated, Four-Time Wrestling Champion in NCAA History (1999-2002)
- Sports Illustrated Named His College Career As #2 Most Outstanding Achievement

Individual Career Results:
1998-99 | 1999-2000 | 2000-2001 | 2001-2002 | 2002-2003 | 2003-2004

International Competition: 2004 Olympic gold medalist (Greece)… Second in 2003 World Championships… Participated in 2003-04 Titan Games… 2003-04 Manitoba Open champion (Canada)… Competed in 2002 Kurt Angle Classic… 2000 University World champion… 1999 South Korea National Invitation Tournament champion…

U.S. Competition: 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion… 2001-03 World Team Trials champion… 2001-03 U.S. Nationals champion… 2000 South Olympic Regional Trials champion… 1999 University Nationals champion…

College: Attended Iowa State Univ., where he was coached by Bobby Douglas… Four-time NCAA champion (1999-2002), only the second ever… Completed his entire college career undefeated, with a 159-0 record… Four-time NWCA All-Star champion… Four-time Big 12 champion… Holds national collegiate record for most consecutive wins (159)… Earned a degree in Art & Design…

High School: Attended Wasatch High School, where he was coached by his father, Steve Sanderson… Four-time Utah state champion (1994-97)… Compiled a career record of 127-3… Also an All-Region perfromer in football…

Personal: Son of Steve and Debbie Sanderson… Has three brothers, Cody, Cole and Cyler… Cody and Cole also wrestled at Iowa State… Cyler is a talented high school wrestler… His wife’s name is Kelly… He is an outstanding artist…

Awards: Sports Illustrated named his undefeated college career as the No. 2 most outstanding achievement in the history of college sports… Featured on cover of Wheaties box… 2002 James E. Sullivan Award finalist… ESPY award winner for Best Male College Athlete”… Three-time Dan Hodge Award winner given to the top collegiate wrestler in the nation, becoming the first multiple winner of the award (2000-02)… Four-time NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler (1999-2002)… First freshman to be named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler… 2001 U.S. Freestyle Nationals Outstanding Wrestler… 2000 Big 12 Medal of Honor winner… 1999 Iowa State Male Athlete of the Year… Named the nation’s top prep wrestler at 171 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News in 1997… 1997 ASICS Tiger High School First-Team All-American…

Notes: The U.S. did not participate in the 2002 World Championships in Iran due to a threat of violence towards the team… Did not compete in the 2001 World Championships after their postponement conflicted with his final college season…