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Cole Sanderson new head coach at Woods Cross High School in Utah

Cael Sanderson isn't the only member of his family to head up a wrestling program these days.

Cole Sanderson
Cole Sanderson, like his younger brother Cael who is head coach at Penn State, is now at the helm of the wrestling program at Woods Cross High School in his native Utah.

Until taking on the coaching job at Woods Cross, Cole Sanderson had coached at nearby TECH Wrestling Club, where some of the participating wrestlers were also on the Wood Cross Wildcat mat squad. When Cole saw that there was an opening at Woods Cross, he jumped at the opportunity to move into high school coaching.

"[The wrestlers at TECH] were always very respectful and expressed gratitude for my help," he told the Davis Clipper. "When I found out that Woods Cross was losing their coach, I decided to take the position."

Woods Cross, a 1,300-student public high school for grades 10-12, has three returning wrestlers who placed at the Utah state championships last year.

Like his brothers Cael and Cody, Cole Sanderson wrestled at Iowa State, where he was a four-time NCAA qualifier. He was also a four-time placer at the Big 12 conference championships, placing third at 142 pounds in 1998, third at 149 in 1999, third at 157 in 2000, and runner-up at 157 as a senior in 2001. In addition to being a four-time letterwinner for the Cyclones, Cole was an Academic All-American.

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