Cody Sanderson graduated from Wasatch High School in 1995 as the
valedictorian of his class, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He received numerous
academic recognitions from state and national organizations including
the Utah High School Activities Association and the National Wrestling
Cody won four individual
state wrestling titles during high school. He was Wasatch High School's
first four time individual state champion. Cody was named State MVP
twice. Cody compiled a record of 118-5 during his high school career.
He was undefeated his freshman year. Cody led his teams to two state
championship titles. Cody was selected twice to the ASICS National High
School First Team. After his senior year, he represented the United
States in the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
high school, Cody attended Iowa State University on a wrestling
scholarship. He was a two-time national finalist at 133 pounds,
advancing to the NCAA title bout in 1999 and in 2000. He was the first
Utah native to ever reach the NCAA finals. Cody was also named the Big
12 Conference Outstanding Wrestler.
his stellar Cyclone career with 116 wins, including a 33-3 mark his
senior year. He claimed the Big 12 title as a senior and helped spur ISU
to a National Runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in 2000. Cody
played a major role in the Iowa State wrestling program's rapid ascent
as a Big 12 powerhouse and NCAA team title contender.
continued his academic excellence at Iowa State earning NCAA Academic
First Team All-American honors three times. Cody graduated from Iowa
State in 2000 receiving a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a
accomplishments during Cody's wrestling career include University
National Freestyle Champion and University National Greco-Roman
Champion. He was also a member of the USA National Wrestling team.
began his coaching career in wrestling at Iowa State where he worked as
an assistant coach and Director of Operations for the Cyclone wrestling
program. Cody was instrumental in helping his younger brother, Cael,
train for and win an Olympic Gold Medal in Athens, Greece in 2004.
2003, Cody was hired to be the first head wrestling coach at Utah
Valley State (now Utah Valley University). He worked closely with the
Utah Valley athletic director, boosters and others in building the
program. Sanderson's efforts helped create the nation's first Division I
wrestling program started from scratch in 30 years. Cody was inducted
into the Utah Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.
2006, Cody became the associate head coach at Iowa State. During his
three year tenure, Iowa State earned three Big 12 Conference team
championships. In 2009, Cody moved to Penn State to be the associate
head wrestling coach. He continues in this position today working with
his brother, Cael. Penn State has won four Big Ten Conference
Championships and four NCAA National Team Championships over the past
Cody is the eldest son of Steve and
Debbie Sanderson of Heber City. Cody's wife, Sarah, was a standout
gymnast at Iowa State. They have three children, Kade, Mason, and Tylar