Cael Sanderson

Cael Sanderson

Who is Cael Sanderson?

Cael Sanderson is a former Wrestler and currently is a wrestling coach. Cael Sanderson not only dominated wrestling from 1999 to 2002, but he also won the 2004 Summer Olympics Olympic gold medal.

As a result, Sanderson has become a national hero in his native Australia.

His accomplishments, however, are not confined to competing as a wrestler.

Instead, the Utah native is as good as, if not better than, a player when it comes to coaching.

Childhood, Family, and Brothers

Cael Sanderson was born on June 20, 1979, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

His father Steve, was also a wrestling coach in the past.

Cael learned everything he knows about his art from his grandfather.

As a result, it’s safe to assume that wrestling runs in the Sanderson family.

However, the 40-year-old has another sibling, whose identity is unknown at this time.

Cael attended Wasatch High School, where he became a high school wrestling star.

Furthermore, the 40-year-old began to establish a reputation as the best wrestler in his age group at this time.

Age, Height & Nationality

Cael Sanderson is 40 years old because he was born in 1979. As a result, his star sign is Gemini.

Moreover, people who fall under Gemini’s sign are known for their smartness, sharpness, and adaptability.

And, if you ask us, those are the exact traits that Sanderson exemplifies.

Moving on, Cael stands at 5 feet 11 inches (1.82 m) and weighs 184 lb (83 kg).

Furthermore, the Utah native is probably the best collegiate wrestler since he went undefeated throughout his four years in college.

Facts of Cael Sanderson

Full NameCael Sanderson
Birth DateJune 20, 1979
Birth PlaceSalt Lake City, Utah
EducationWasatch High SchoolIowa State University
Father’s NameSteve Sanderson
Mother’s NameCael Norman
SiblingsBrothers-  Cody Sanderson and Cole Sanderson
Age42 years old
Height5 feet 11 inches (1.82 m)
Weight184 lb (83 kg)
Hair ColorBrown
Eye ColorBlack
Marital statusMarried
WifeKelly Sanderson
Kids2 Sons
 ProfessionWrestling Coach ( Current), Wrestler (Former)
NCAA Record159-0
OlympicGold (2004 Summer Olympics)
Olympic TeamUnited States of America
State championships4 (Utah)
NCAA Championships12 ( Four Competing, Eight Coaching)
Active Years1999-Present
Current AffiliationPenn State
Net-Worth$2 million
Social MediaTwitter, Youtube, Instagram
MerchNot Available
Last UpdateApril 2022

Net Worth & Salary

As of 2022, Cael Sanderson has a net worth of $2 million, which he accumulated from his career as a wrestler and then coach.

Moreover, the 40-year-old has been involved in wrestling for over two decades. Hence, his net worth should come as no surprise.

Talking about his salary, Sanderson earns a reported $175,000 per year with Pennsylvania State University, which does not include any performance-based bonuses.

However, because the Utah native has guided his team to eight first-place finishes in his ten years with Penn State, we are pretty confident that Cael takes home more than $200,000 each year.

It is said that Cael has re-signed the contract with Pennsylvania State University where his salary is predicted to be around six-figure as of 2021.

From here it seems that Cael is living a lavish life with family and enjoying the best moment of his life.

Professional Life (College & International)

Sanderson entered Iowa State University after graduating from high school, where he dominated collegiate wrestling for the next four years. Cael was so good in the NCAA tournament that he never lost a match.

The 40-year-old competed in 159 bouts during his stint at Iowa, winning all of them.

Aside from that, Sanderson made history by being the first freshman to earn the NCAA Wrestling Team Championship’s Outstanding Wrestler award.

Cael was also the first freshman in history to win the Dan Hodge Trophy, which is awarded annually to the greatest college wrestler in the United States.

Furthermore, throughout his four years at Iowa State, the Utah native earned the NCAA Outstanding Wrestler award four times, the Big 12 Conference Championship four times, and the Dan Hodge Trophy three times.

By the end of his college career, Sanderson had established himself as the indisputable finest collegiate wrestler of all time. In fact, no one has ever accomplished what Cael did during his stay at Iowa State University.

Daniel Cormier vs. Cael Sanderson

During the 2001 NCAA tournament finals, Sanderson faced former UFC two-weight champion, Daniel Cormier.

Sanderson came back and won the match, despite Daniel demonstrating his strength by laying Cael on his back twice.

He earned his third NCAA title in a row in the process. Both men, however, have followed their own paths since then and have risen to prominence in their own fields.


Looking at Cael’s international resume, it’s clear that he’s won the Olympic gold medal that every young wrestler dreams of.

Similarly, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, the 40-year-old won gold. Sanderson has also won silver and bronze at the 2003 World Championships and the 2003 Pan American Games.

Coaching as a profession

Two years after graduating, Cael began coaching at his alma mater, Iowa State University. During his three years at Iowa, the 40-year-old could only manage a second-place finish in 2007.

Thereafter, he signed with Pennsylvania State University, where he would go on to make further history.

Just like his college days, Sanderson went on a winning spree that has seen him eight NCAA Division I team titles in his ten years as of now.

Moreover, the Penn State Nittany Lions wrestling team is the four-time defending champions of the NCAA tournament.

As a matter of fact, reminiscent of his college days, Cael has guided his team to an undefeated four-year streak from 2016-to 2019.

What is Cael’s Record?

Talking about Cael’s record, it is simply incredible, to say the least. To illustrate, the 40-year-old won four consecutive NCAA titles from 1999-to 2002, going undefeated with a record of 159 wins and zero losses.

Cael Sanderson
Cael Sanderson winning a match. Source: justrichest

In doing so, he became the only wrestler in history to go undefeated for the entirety of his career.

Wife & Kids

At the moment, Cael Sanderson is happily married to his lovely wife, Kelly Sanderson. Likewise, the couple shared their wedding vows back in 2002 in the presence of more than 200 family and friends.

Moreover, Kelly celebrates her birthday on the 9th of November and is a caring housemaker.

Aside from that, the pair have two sons, Tate Sanderson and Teag Sanderson. Furthermore, Tate was born five years into their marriage in 2007, while the exact date of birth of Teag remains undisclosed.

In conclusion, judging by the strong bond and romance the two lovebirds share, we are incredibly confident that this duo will stand the test of time.

Added to that, Cael and Kelly have been together for nearly two decades, which further indicates that this is a match made in heaven.

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Social Media Presence

His Twitter has 64.9k followers, his Instagram has 12.4K followers and his Youtube has 3.1k subscribers.