2021 PSU NYC Virtual Annual Celebration
Guest Speaker: Cael Sanderson, Penn State Head Wrestling Coach
All local Penn Staters (and friends of the University) are invited to join us on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:00pm for our Penn State NYC Virtual Annual Celebration! The NYC Chapter Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Cael Sanderson as our guest speaker this year! Coach Sanderson is Penn State's Championship-Winning Head Wrestling Coach.
While we are saddened that we are not able to host this celebration in person this year, we are excited to celebrate the great year we have had as a Chapter with our Penn State family and give attendees the opportunity to learn about our plans and goals for the upcoming year! All registered attendees will have the chance to win raffle prizes to benefit the Chapter's Scholarship Fund (Click here to view items and purchase tickets!). The results of the 2021-22 Executive Board election will also be announced.
We hope you’ll join us for this very special evening and share in the festivities!
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm (Program featuring Cael Sanderson & PSU NYC President Linde Miles)
Where: Zoom - Link to be provided to all Registered attendees!
We will email the Zoom link to the email address used for registration. If you are registering for multiple attendees, please include their email addresses in the "Comments" section of the order form. (Online Registration Closes at 11am 06/08)
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Cael Sanderson
Cael Sanderon is a four-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion after his undefeated four years of college wrestling (159-0) at Iowa State University (1999-2002). He is the only wrestler in NCAA Division I history to officially go undefeated in more than 100 matches and subsequently went on to win an Olympic Gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. In 2007, Coach Sanderson became the Head Coach at Iowa State University where he led ISU's wrestling team to NCAA Division I national placements of 2nd, 5th, and 3rd.
Coach Sanderson became the Head Coach of the Penn State Wrestling team during the 2010 season, where immediately his leadership garnered results. His first full season (2010-2011), he led Penn State to the school's first ever Big Ten Championship and was named 2011 Big Ten Coach of the Year. He also finished the season by leading the Nittany Lions to the 2011 NCAA National Championship, Penn State's first since 1953.
In 2020-21, Sanderson guided Penn State through a season that was shortened and altered by the NCAA's reaction to COVID-19. The Nittany Lions went a perfect 6-0 in dual meets (all in the Big Ten) and earned a share of their seventh Big Ten dual meet title. Roman Bravo-Young and Aaron Brooks won Big Ten titles in the BJC and Carter Starocci was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Penn State took nine wrestlers to nationals and the Nittany Lions went a perfect 4-0 in the NCAA finals in St. Louis, with Bravo-Young, Nick Lee, Starocci, and Brooks all claiming their first individual titles. Freshman Michael Beard and Greg Kerkvliet each placed seventh to give Sanderson six All-Americans for the year.
In 12 years as Penn State's coach, Sanderson led the Nittany Lions to eight Southern Scuffle titles, seven B1G Ten dual meet titles, six B1G Ten Championships, eight NCAA Championships, collected 64 All-Americans, 27 National Champions, including an NCAA record-tying 5 in 2017, four Gorriaran winnders, five NCAA Tournament Outstanding Wrestlers, one CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, once NCAA Elite 89 winner, one NCAA Top 10 Award winner and five Hodge Trophy winners. Sanderson, who has coached 84 total All-Americans and 29 total National Champions (inc. his three year at Iowa State), grabbed his 100th win as Penn State's head coach in its 36-6 victory over Stanford in Rec Hall on 11/13/16.