If Cael Sanderson was not LDS you would not be running this story.BYU cut
wrestling and mens gymnastics, both individual sports. Cael could have gone to
BYU as his father and uncles did.Cael chose his wrestling rather than a
mission, just as Steve Young did football. A wise move. There has never been an
NCAA champion who is a returned missionary - not one. Missions are death for top
athletes in their chosen sport.Now, why not some editorials pushing
wrestling and mens gymnastics at BYU?
World-class athletes dont necessarily make world-class coaches. I thought you
were talking about Jeff Hornacek and that statement is certainly true there.
Great article about a great individual. Cael is the real deal, I look forward to
watching his success as a coach and leader continue to get bigger and better
with time. Plain and simple Cael is someone that has put Utah on the map and
represented the state very well to say the least.
To Dektol: They ran the story because he's the "pride of Heber City."
My nephew, a returned missionary, won the NCAA championship in
cross country a few years ago. He's not from Utah nor did he go to college in
Utah so it wasn't picked up by the DNews, but it made Sports Illustrated and the
New York Times even though he's not from NY and didn't go to college in NY.
Maybe the NYT ran his story for the LDS/returned missionary angle. BYU, like many universities (e.g. UCLA), dropped wrestling and men's
gymnastics because of Title IX. Prominent former wrestlers and gymnasts
(including an Olympic gold medalist from UCLA) fought for the programs at BYU,
but the calculus of Title IX makes it challenging for any university to run all
the men's programs it would like to sponsor when the football team takes up so
many of the men's scholarships. Even UCLA, whose gymnasts dominated the 1984
Olympic gymnastic team had to cut men's gymnastics to meet the requirements of
Thank you 79Ute. Wonderfully put answer to a very pointed and ingnorant
What a success story! I can not comprehend going so long without a loss and then
to transition into coaching so seamlessly. Is he done wrestling? I always
thought he would try for another gold medal in the Olympics?I too
was hoping that he and many others would be able to wrestle at BYU. I don't
think BYU dropped their wrestling program due to Title IX. Actually, I think
they would have had to keep it due to Title IX because they now have 9 men's
sports and 10 women's. I think it was purely financial but it was probably a
byproduct of Title IX with other schools closing their programs and making the
sport more costly.
Doug10, how can you conclude that Jeff Hornacek is not a good coach?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think they measure the number of Women's
sports vs. the number of Men's sports. I think it's the number of Women athletes
vs. the number of Men athletes when it comes to Title IX. I'm pretty sure that
Title IX is exactly the reason BYU dropped wrestling.
The wrestlers up at Wasatch are the real deal. I remember my first medal won as
an 11-year-old in the old gym in Heber. I am so grateful for that sport. It is
a foundation for much of what I have done the rest of my life. An odd
combination of individual and team make it a great teacher. But the result of
each match rest squarely on your shoulders.Cael is so right about
making the right goals. As a junior I went to the state tourney with the goal
of beating the State Champion from the previous year. I thought that would put
me over the top. Well I beat him 9-2 and went to the championship match having
taken revenge on my only loss. I was promptly wiped out by another GREAT
wrestler. You see I had made the wrong goal. I was successful in achieving my
goal, but was found short of the real challenge.Wrestling is a sport
that I hope will always be found in our Junior and High schools. It can give a
kid who may not make the football team an opportunity to teach himself he can
Title IX has helped introduce many to the benefits of sports for women:- Increased confidence- Decreased teen pregnancy- Better grades- Common interests with menAs a father of a daughter, I applaud
those gains -- and still lament some of the negatives, like elimination of many
men's sports like wrestling, gymnastics, etc. at many colleges.
To dricha65: Rattler is correct: Title IX is based on the number
of scholarships, not the number of sports. That's why major universities like
UCLA cancelled successful programs like men's gymnastics. UCLA had three gold
medalists in the 1984 Olympics gymnastics competition held at UCLA and still
sacrificed their program to Title IX. BYU in fact cancelled wrestling and
gymnastics because of Title IX. Rondo Felberg, the former AD, was a BYU
wrestler who fought long and hard to retain the wrestling program because of
scholarship commitments made to wrestlers. I spoke with President Bateman while
sitting next to him on an airplane about the gymnastics program and his meeting
with one of the '84 Olympians who had "sponsored" his UCLA assistant
coach to be the BYU men's gymnastics coach. Again, Title IX was the culprit.
BYU wrestlers and gymnasts were the epitome of scholar-athletes. At the time
the BYU gymnastics program was cancelled the average GPA of the team was over
3.75. It's a shame. Without the football revenue there are no women's teams;
with the number of football scholarships the other men's sports are victims of
To In My Humble Opinion:I agree that Title IX has been great for our
young women. The opportunity for scholarships in college gives life to high
school girls' athletics, which has give so many of our daughters another source
of achievement-based self-esteem and life skills learned as a team member. And
I enjoyed my daughter's soccer every bit as much as my son's soccer. Like many
quota-based government initiatives, however, while it's been a blessing for
recipients its cuts out other worthy programs like wrestling and gymnastics in
the name of scholarship equality. I'm glad ASU retained its
wrestling program (I think the only others in the PAC-12 that wrestle are
Stanford and Oregon State) so we could share the excitement of the incredible
story of Anthony Robles, the national champion at 125 with only one leg.
Speaking of athletes becoming successful coaches, we have a phenomenal example
in our own front yard: Jason Kreis. I'm only a casual MSL fan, but there's an
athlete/coach that has earned some respect.As for the comments on
Hornacek, and again confessing I'm also only a casual NBA fan, I don't see how
you can judge his coaching when he hasn't been in the driver's seat...and only
in the passenger seat for a short while?
Cael is a great story in our out of Utah, whether he is LDS or not. He is the
BEST college wrestler ever (159-0), a gold medalist and recently led Penn State
to the national title. At Iowa State he finished runner-up as a head coach and
had a couple of other Top 5 finishes. He is well on his way to becoming a great
coach, much like Gable, who like Sanderson, is one of those rare breeds who
excelled as a world class competitor and a coach. Not to embarrass
Tim Clark, the author of this article, but he was a very good wrestler in high
school, placing second in state as junior and third in state as a senior while
also being a fabulous football player. So he has enough wrestling background to
bring credence to this story.I'm glad Clark and the Deseret News
have done this article as Cael was unbelievably left off the initial list of the
10 greatest athletes in Utah history. IMO he should be #1 (though good
arguments can be made for Merlin Olsen and Gene Fullmer). Sanderson will go
down as a great athlete AND coach.
Tremendous story of a true man. I am sure Cael could careless about any list of
Utah athletes. He has been measured and there is nothing lacking.
Appreciate the kind corrections about Title IX. I stand corrected, and better
Football is what tilted the scales in cutting out the wrestling & men's
gymnastic programs. The scholarship numbers just don't align when football is
equated with it. If you threw out football you'd be able to fund both the
wrestling & men's gymnastic programs... and maybe some other ones too!
Title Nine, like Affirmative Action has served its purpose. Many more women got
the chance to participate in sports and have their college tuition paid for,
that's great. But why continue to punish certain male athletes, reverse
discrimination? Now that female sports are established and have a fairly set
number of scholarships why not abolish the Office of Civil Rights, which
oversees the program and makes it impossible to add anymore men's sports?
Thanks for this article on Cael. I had a chance to take a group of wrestlers
including my son to his camp two years ago. Wrestling aside, Cael is a class
man. I am so happy my son was able to be with this fine man for a week. I
appreciate the entire Sanderson family for the love they have for the sport of
wrestling and how they will do anything for any wrestler who wants to get
better. Great wrestler, great family. Utah wrestling is awesome.
I know Cael, his mom and dad, and his brothers. They are wonderful people! I had
the privilege of being Cael's Varsity Scout coach. I know little about
wrestling, but I was smart enough to go and watch him and recognize that he was
something special. I missed very few of his matches while he went through
Wasatch High. What a thrill! Missing his matches would have been like not
watching Michael Jordan play b-ball in high school! What many don't know is that
Cael could have excelled in other sports too. He was an outstanding football and
baseball player. And about the author's comment on Cael's rare combo of humility
and self-confidence: We used to joke that he was the only kid we knew who could
strut...sitting down! He was a fun kid to be around and is a true gentleman as
an adult. Thanks for the article. And my vote is for Cael as Utah's #1 home
grown athlete. Who else is the best in the US...and in the world?
Gotten to know the Sandersons out here at PSU since they arrived. Look in the
dictionary and next to the word class,you will find their family picture.
A real blessing to the Penn State Wrestling community and to our family
personally.Cyler, who is now on a mission, is sorely missed by our
family as we grew quite close to him. My kids, 15 and 12 looked up to him and
he was a great example of a God centered cool young person for my kids. We
can only hope to do as great a job with our kids ( beings that I am 55, all the
Sanderson boys are like "kids" to me).