Sanderson will not compete at Olympic Team Trials

After months of speculation, InterMat has confirmed that 2004 Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson will not be competing in this month's U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa. According to Penn State's media relations department, Sanderson, a 2011 World team member, is expected to make an official announcement sometime in the coming weeks.

Cael Sanderson finished fifth at the 2011 World Championships at 84 kilos after a seven-year layoff (Photo/Tony Rotundo,
Sanderson, who went 159-0 as a collegiate competitor, surprised many wrestling fans when he ended a seven-year hiatus from competition to earn the starting spot at 84 kilos at the 2011 U.S. World Team Trials. He went on to place fifth at the World Championships in Turkey, but has not competed since.

This year as head wrestling coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, Sanderson coached six All-Americans, including three NCAA champions. Penn State won the NCAA team title for the second-straight season with a score of 143 points, besting the second-place Minnesota Golden Gophers by 25.5 points.


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