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Cael Sanderson Notches His 100th Big Ten Victory With Win Over Iowa Hawkeyes


On Friday night, Cael Sanderson notched his 100th Big Ten victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes 23-14. Although it’s an incredible accomplishment in the toughest conference in the country, Sanderson remains humbled and focused on what’s next for the Nittany Lions.

“It just means I’ve been here a long time, I don’t do a whole lot of work, I’m just sitting and watching like you all. It’s not really a goal of mine or something we focus on, we just go out and compete well and go on to the next one,” Sanderson said.

Despite Sanderson downplaying his accomplishments, he has led Penn State to six Big Ten team titles and nine National Championships since his arrival in 2009. Not only that, but Penn State hasn’t lost a dual meet since January 2020, and have won 39 consecutive dual meets.

“I didn’t even know that was the deal going in,” Sanderson said.

Sanderson is in his 13th season with Penn State, and has had a lot of close battles with Iowa in his career. With last night’s win over the Hawkeyes, Sanderson is now 5-5 against Iowa since taking over in State College.

Although only beating the Hawkeyes five times in dual competition, Penn State has won four out of the last six matchups against Iowa. 

It took Sanderson a few years to start creating his dynasty and had some tough losses early on, but now it seems that Penn State is untouchable, and will continue to be a powerhouse in the Big Ten and the country as the years go on.

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Cael Turnbull
Cael Turnbull
Journalism Major at Temple University Graduating in May of 2023

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