The Nittany Lion wrestling team received a huge boost with the arrival of 2008 All-American Cyler Sanderson from Iowa State. Cyler, the younger brother of head coach Cael and associate head coach Cody, was a three-year starter at Iowa State and earned All-America honors in 2008 with a seventh place finish at 157. The talented veteran suffered an early upset last year and will look to return to the podium in 2010 as one of five returning All-Americans on the Nittany Lion roster.
Opened season with dual meet wins over Wade Eldridge of Utah Valley and Ben Jordan of Wisconsin...lost to Cornell's Jordan Leen in the NWCA All-Star Classic...majored Iowa's Matt Ballweg, Dickinson's Nick Zumwalt and North Dakota State's Vince Salminen...posted superb 5-1 mark at Midlands to take second place (lost tough tie-breaker to Chris Bono in finals)...tough 1-3 showing at National Duals...reeled off five straight wins in duals in January and February.
Big 12 Championships
(1-2, 4th place, National Qualifier): Posted 1-2 mark at Big 12s and took fourth place to earn third trip to nationals...dropped close 7-5 decision to Missouri's Michael Chandler...beat Oklahoma's Chad Terry 12-9 and fell to Oklahoma State's Neil Erisman 15-6.
NCAA Championships (2-2, DNP): Posted 2-2 mark in third trip to NCAAs, departed after upset loss to Bloomsburg's Matt Moley...opened with wins over Northern Illinois' Bryan Deutsch (a fall at the 4:31 mark) and Adam Hall of Boise State (4-3) before losing to eventual national champion Jordan Burroughs of Nebraska and Moley.
Finished sophomore season with a 33-6 record and registered a team-leading eight major decisions, two technical falls, and three pins ... placed seventh at 157 pounds at NCAA Championships to garner All-America status ... earned first Big 12 championship by avenging a dual loss to Michael Chandler of Missouri with a last-second takedown to win 6-5 ... major decisioned Chris Oliver of Nebraska, 14-4 ... posted a 20-7 major decision over Arizona State's Alex Pavlenko ... pinned Oregon State's Dan Brascetta in 1:48 ... won four matches at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals, three of which were major decisions ... placed third at 157 pounds at Midlands Championship ... opened Midlands competition with a trifecta of bonus-point victories with a 6:48 fall of Air Force's Tony Dorward, followed by a 10-2 major decision over Clint Arlis of Illinois and a 21-4 (3:56) technical fall against Chris Stout of American ... named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week (Dec. 17) ... beat Ryan Morningstar of Iowa via 10-5 decision ... provided ISU with a key dual win by beating Minnesota All-American C.P. Schlatter, 3-2 ... suffered a broken nose at Binghamton Duals before going on to win eight-straight matches .. won five matches, including two major decisions and a technical fall, en route to claiming his first Harold Nichols/Cyclone Open title ... tallied first win of the season over Northern Illinois' Aaron Owen, 12-5.
Closed out freshman season with a 29-11 record at 149 pounds ... posted a 3-2 mark at NCAA Championships ... Big 12 Championship 149-pound runner up ... upset Missouri's Josh Wagner, 5-2 ... tallied two victories over Oklahoma State's B. J. Jackson ... won first league bout with a 12-8 decision of Nebraska's Robert Sanders ... placed seventh at 149 pounds at Midlands Championships ... runner-up at Fullerton Open ... began ISU career with a 3:58 fall of Calvin Barber of Buena Vista.
National Junior Championship 140-pound champ ... career record of 163-8 ... three-time Utah high school state champion ... 2005 first-team Asics All-American ... Amateur Wrestling News second-team All-American ... ranked first at 140 pounds by NWCA and AWN ... 2005 National High School Coaches Association champion ... two-time champion at Reno Tournament of Champions ... 2005 USA Dream Team member ... West regional recipient of 2005 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award ... 2004 Junior Nationals Greco-Roman runner-up ... 2004 Asics Tiger High School All-American honorable mention ... coached by father, Steve Sanderson...born Nov. 19, 1986 ... son of Steve and Debbie Sanderson...brother of PSU head coach Cael and PSU associate head coach Cody.