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Iowa State, Penn State All-American Cyler Sanderson joins UVU coaching staff

Cyler Sanderson as a Penn State wrestler; recent photo of the new UVU volunteer coach
Cyler Sanderson as a Penn State wrestler; recent photo of the new UVU volunteer coach
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Cyler Sanderson is continuing the family tradition as a wrestler who becomes a coach.

The youngest Sanderson son, an NCAA All-American at Iowa State and Penn State, will be joining the coaching staff at Utah Valley University, the Orem-based school announced Wednesday.

Cyler, who will be working with middleweights as a volunteer assistant coach, will be following in the footsteps of his father Steve (who coached his sons at Wasatch High in Utah) and brothers Cody and Cael Sanderson, associate head coach and head coach, respectively, at Penn State.

As a college wrestler, Cyler Sanderson wrestled for three seasons at Iowa State (under then-head coach Cael Sanderson), where he earned All-American honors as a sophomore at the 2008 NCAAs at 157 pounds. That year, he also won the Big 12 conference crown.

In 2009, Cyler followed his brother Cael when the elder brother accepted the head coaching job at Penn State. As a Nittany Lion, Cyler was a 2010 Big Ten champ and NCAA All-American at 157.

In his collegiate career, Cyler Sanderson compiled a 114-33 career record with 18 pins, 25 major decisions and seven technical falls.

"We are very excited to have someone of Cyler's experience working with our guys. He brings a positive energy and winning attitude into our room that will be great for our guys to be exposed to. We are very fortunate to have him with us.

"With his background wrestling for his dad, Steve, at Wasatch HS, and his brothers Cael and Cody at Penn State and Iowa State, he will be able to add training philosophies and various technique options that we welcome here in the UVU wrestling program," coach Williams continued.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm excited to help build wrestling in the state of Utah," said Cyler Sanderson. "I'm specifically looking forward to helping these wrestlers achieve their goals of becoming National Champions at the Division I level. I plan on helping as many of them as I can as well as the program as a whole, and I am really looking forward to working at Utah Valley."

Cyler received his Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts from Penn State University in 2010. Cyler is currently continuing his education at UVU in business, having recently returned from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Europe.

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