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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kyle Snyder showed the world one more time on Sunday morning just how much he enjoys making history.
Snyder, competing in the prestigious Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix, became the first American male since 2009 to win gold. And, he was dominant along the way. Snyder won his first three matches by a combined score of 33-2 and then added a fall in the gold medal match over Rasul Magomedov of Russia.
This was Snyder's second appearance at the Yarygin - he took bronze last year in what is considered to be the toughest open tournament in the world.
After having little trouble in his first three matches, Snyder found himself training 4-1 late in the first period of the gold medal match but quickly answered with a takedown to cut the deficit to one, 4-3. Trailing 5-4 with just a minute and a half remaining, Snyder scored a go-ahead takedown and then collected a pushout point to build his lead to 6-4. At the 5:02 mark, he got Magomedov on his back and finished the fall.
Snyder is just the 11th American male to ever win the Yarygin and first since Steve Mocco at 120kg in 2009.
Snyder and the rest of the Buckeyes are back in action on Friday, Feb. 3 against No. 2 Penn State at Value City Arena beginning at 6 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.