COLUMBUS, Ohio – If there’s such thing as a “perfect match” in wrestling, Kyle Snyder experienced it this past weekend at the Pan American Championships. Three times, to be specific.
Snyder, competing for the first time since winning his second career NCAA title this past March, won three matches by identical 10-0 technical fall scores. He downed Felipe Cesar Camilo De Oliveira of Brazil and Nishan Preet Singh Randhawa of Canada in the preliminary rounds before defeating two-time South American silver medalist Luis Miguel Perez Sosa of Dominican Republic in the finals.
“It was a pretty good day,” Snyder told USA Wrestling. “I was excited to compete and wrestle here,” Snyder said following his gold-medal win. “It was real hot in the arena, so it’s good to wrestle in those types of atmospheres where you don’t usually get to compete under these circumstances.”
The gold at the Pan Am games is his second in the last 22 months and adds to his list of calendar year achievements that includes a Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix title as well as Big Ten and NCAA championships. His next challenge will be the Beat the Streets benefit in Times Square on May 17 followed by the U.S. World Team Trials next month where he will seek to make his third-straight Senior-level World Team.
Reigning World champion Logan Stieber took the bronze at 61kg. He began the day with a 16-5 win over Argentina’s Augustin Destribats, but was upset by eventual champion Dabian Quintana Jaime of Cuba in the semifinals, 13-12.