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Cael Sanderson Leaving Iowa State for PSU


Penn State Live released an article this afternoon about the university’s hiring of Cael Sanderson.

The 29-year old Sanderson comes to Penn State after three extremely successful years as the head coach at his alma mater.  Sanderson’s teams did not finish any lower than fifth at the NCAA Championships and never had a wrestler not qualify for nationals, getting 30 of 30 grapplers through to the championship tournament.

Here’s how it played out…

Sean Keeler, a sports writer for the DesMoines Register, might be the first person to confirm that Cael Sanderson will be leaving Iowa State University to head Penn State’s program.


The rumor is that Cael signed a five-year contract for $2.5 million dollars. The CDT had reported this morning that Cael was on campus yesterday interviewing for the job.

A TV station in Iowa had some more to add to the story,

Iowa State claims it was not given the chance to counter offer Penn State’s deal. Several members of the athletic department tried to talk Sanderson out of accepting Penn State’s offer, but were unsuccessful. They say Sanderson will try to take some of his Iowa State wrestlers with him to Penn State.

Sanderson is an Iowa State legend and a wrestling icon. He is the only collegiate wrestler in history to win four national championships while never losing a match (159-0). He also won the United States’ only freestyle gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Do any of you wrestling fans out there know what this will mean for the Penn State program? Are we going to revive our reputation?

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