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Cael Sanderson, Penn State Assistant Coaches Join US Olympics Staff

Penn State wrestling head coach Cael Sanderson is heading to Tokyo this summer to help Team USA compete on the world’s largest stage.

Sanderson will travel to Japan alongside assistant coaches Cody Sanderson and Casey Cunningham to train Nittany Lion Wrestling Club wrestlers for the United States.

Cael, a 2004 Olympic champion himself, will lead training for Nittany Lion Wrestling Club wrestlers Thomas Gilman, Kyle Snyder, and David Taylor. Cody, meanwhile, will also coach Gilman on top of Helen Maroulis in the women’s freestyle event.

Additionally, Cunningham will personally coach Taylor, who previously won two Hodge Trophy awards and two national titles with Penn State.

Snyder, Gilman, Taylor, and Maroulis each earned bids to the Olympic Games following impressive performances at the Olympic Trials back in April. Penn State legends Nick Lee and Jason Nolf also landed spots on the U.S. National Team.

Cael Sanderson is not the only Penn State coach packing for Tokyo this summer. Women’s soccer head coach Erica Dambach will join Team USA as an assistant coach, too.

Team USA will wrestle in the long-awaited Olympic games from August 1 to 7. At least 16 Nittany Lions will represent Penn State and their respective nations throughout the month-long event.

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