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Cael Sanderson

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Few athletes can claim to have an undefeated college career—but Sports Speaker Cael Sanderson can. The accomplished wrestler won every single match, 159 of them to be exact, during his four years at Iowa State University, where he also earned four consecutive NCAA championships and a degree in Art & Design. Cael holds the record for having over 100 official undefeated wins in Division I of the NCAA and was the first freshman to win the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award at the 1999 NCAA Championships. Cael rightfully deserves the title of the second most impressive college sports achievement for his highly successful years at Iowa State, an honor granted to him by Sports Illustrated, second only to track athlete Jesse Owens. In addition, Cael became only the second wrestler to be featured on the front of the infamous Wheaties cereal box. After such an illustrious college career, it did not come as a surprise to many when Cael won the gold medal in wrestling at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Cael’s other accolades include winning the silver medal in the 2003 World Championships as well as the 2002 ESPY award winner for Best Male College Athlete. More recently in 2012, Cael Sanderson was selected to be entered into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements. Cael began his coaching career at Iowa State, where he earned National Coach of the Year in just his first year as coach. Now a coach at Penn State University, he has shown that he has just as much skill in training collegiate athletes as he had competing on the mat. Since Cael’s arrival to the university, Penn State has won four national titles from 2011 through 2014 and three Big 12 Conference team victories. He is also a devoted Christian and Cael belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.