Sanderson named to freestyle staff

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State coach Cael Sanderson and Iowa coach Tom Brands have been named as volunteer U.S. Freestyle World Team Coaches for the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The men’s wrestling competition is Sept. 8-9.

They will work with National Freestyle Coach Bruce Burnett, Assistant National Freestyle Coaches Bill Zadick and Brandon Slay, and a staff including personal coaches in the preparation of the team and coaching of the athletes at the World Championships.

Both Brands and Sanderson are past Olympic freestyle champions, with Brands winning his gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. and Sanderson winning his gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

They are also both members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Sanderson won four NCAA titles for Iowa State while Brands won three NCAA titles for the University of Iowa.