Welcome to the official website of Cael Sanderson.


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.

Media Accomplishments

- Sports Illustrated: College undefeated career as No. 2 most outstanding achievement in the history of college sports
- 2002 ESPY award winner (Best Male College Athlete)
- Featured on cover of Wheaties box in 2002
- 2002 and 2004 James E. Sullivan Award finalist (top amateur athlete)
- Sports Illustrated for Women: One of 50 sexiest athletes in 2001
- Three-time Dan Hodge Award winner (top college wrestler)
- 1999 Iowa State Male Athlete of the Year
- Amateur Wrestling News: Nation’s top prep wrestler at 171 pounds in 1997

Recent Articles (in chronological order)

- Wrestling legend Sanderson heading to Penn State (USA Today)
- Sanderson wants Penn State to become wrestling powerhouse (USA Today)

Archived Articles (in chronological order)

Sanderson brothers lead ISU wrestling
- Sanderson hires brother as Associate Head Coach
- Sanderson ready for new challenge
- Cael enjoying coaching life (Globe Gazette)
- A wrestler who could fill Rulon Gardner’s shoes (Associated Press)
- Sanderson salvages gold for U.S. wrestlers (ESPN News)
- ESPN25: 25 Greatest Records (ESPN)
- Wrestling the Bear (ESPN the Magazine)

To inquire about media opportunities for Cael Sanderson, contact John Fuller at USA Wrestling at (719) 265-3642 or via e-mail, jfuller@usawrestling.org .


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″

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

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…