Ohio State boasts five ranked in top eight of respective weight classes
A unique, 360 degree look at Kyle Snyder's on-field recognition during the Ohio State football game on September 3, 2016
World Champ. NCAA Champ. Now, Olympic gold medalist
Snyder competes Aug. 21, Dlagnev on Aug. 20
Ohio State returns six starters, three national champs
Summer 2016: Became the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in United States history when he won a gold medal at the Rio Games … first active Buckeye student-athlete to win gold since Jerry Lucas (basketball) 1960 … second Buckeye wrestler in history to medal at the Olympics and first in 92 years … capped a 12-month span that included a World championship, Big Ten and NCAA titles and the Olympic gold medal.
2015-16 Season: Returned from a planned redshirt year in January and went 11-0 with a Big Ten and NCAA championship … Ohio State’s Male Athlete of the Year … Most Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships … in a memorable 285 lb. final, defeated two-time defending champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State 7-5 in SV-1 … topped No. 1 seed Adam Coon of Michigan 7-4 in the Big Ten finals … finalist for the Dan Hodge Trophy … scored 20 points or more in seven of 11 matches and averaged 18.7 points/match … made his 2016 debut vs. Nebraska, topping Collin Jensen 20-9 to clinch the Buckeyes’ dual meet victory … Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Summer 2015: Became the youngest World Champion in USA wrestling history, topping defending champ Abdusalam Gadisov of Russia in the goal medal match, 6-5 ... ranked No. 1 in the UWW freestyle world rankings (97kg) ... U.S. Open champion ... U.S. Team Trials champion ... Pan Am Games champion ... defeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner three times (twice at U.S. Team Trails, once at U.S. Open) ... was dominant on his way to the Pan Am Games title, outscoring opponents 31-1.
2014-15 Season: All-American and NCAA finalist at 197 pounds … Big Ten runner up … was 30-4 overall with a team-high 15 major decisions … went 15-1 in dual meets and 8-1 against Big Ten foes … in the NCAA semifinals, won by decision over defending champion J’Den Cox of Missouri … edged Minnesota’s Scott Schiller 3-2 in the quarterfinals … seeded fourth at NCAAs … Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (Feb. 10) following his 3-1 win over Schiller to clinch Ohio State’s 22-13 dual meet win over the Gophers … USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week (Feb. 10) … Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie team … won 12 straight matches from Jan. 11-March 8 … OSU Scholar-Athlete … NWCA True Freshman All-Academic Team ... Michigan State Open champion and third place at the CKLV Invitational.
Prior to Ohio State: Trained at the Olympic Training Center ... overall No. 1 ranked wrestler and top recruit ... a three-time Maryland national prep champion and a Junior World Champion ... amassed a 179-0 record in his first three years of high school before becoming the youngest American in over 20 years to win a FILA Junior World championship in August 2013 ... during his 179-0 run during his first three years of high school, Snyder only gave up a single takedown ... undefeated in what are considered the top-three toughest high school wrestling tournaments in America, Snyder won the Walsh Jesuit Ironman twice, Beast of the East three-times, and Powerade once.
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