Cael’s success in college and at the Olympics has helped gain great exposure in mainstream media for the sport of amateur wrestling. Below are some articles about Cael throughout his career, as well as some of the awards bestowed upon him thanks to great media coverage.
- Sports Illustrated: College undefeated career as No. 2 most outstanding achievement in the history of college sports
Recent Articles (in chronological order)
Archived Articles (in chronological order)
– Sanderson brothers lead ISU wrestling
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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…
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