Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/16/14
Cael Sanderson spent the past seven years teaching Jake Varner how to be a world champion -- and he was there Sunday when Varner joined him as an Olympic gold medalist. With Sanderson watching, Varner defeated Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0 to win gold in men's 96-kilogram freestyle. Coupled with Jordan Burroughs' win in the 74 kilograms Friday night, it gave the American team multiple Olympic gold medalists in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996. ''Still not sure I'm in his league, but it's awesome to be coached by a guy like that,'' Varner said of Sanderson, a gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics. ''I owe him a lot. It means a lot to have him with me.'' Varner and Sanderson's relationship began in 2005 at Iowa State, where Sanderson coached before jumping to Penn State. The day after Varner graduated in 2010, he piled up the car and drove 15 hours to Pennsylvania to train full-time with Sanderson. Sanderson said last week that Varner had pounded on him ...
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