Olympic gold medalist hired as assistant

Updated: October 5, 2004, 5:36 PM ET
Associated Press

AMES, Iowa -- Olympic gold medalist Cael Sanderson was hired as an assistant wrestling coach at Iowa State, where he went 159-0 while winning four NCAA championships.

Sanderson won the freestyle gold medal at 185 pounds at the Athens Games. He finished at Iowa State in 2002 and has spent the last two years as an administrative assistant to athletic director Bruce Van De Velde.

"I've always wanted to coach and there can't be a better place to coach," Sanderson said Tuesday.

Sanderson went 39-0 as a freshman at Iowa State and 40-0 each of his last three seasons. He was picked as the outstanding wrestler at the NCAA tournament four times won the Dan Hodge Trophy, given to the nation's top college wrestler, each of his last three seasons.

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