Snyder Sparks USA Victory Over Cuba, 9-4

May 22, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The impressive summer that Kyle Snyder is putting together got even better last night, as the Woodbine, Md. native helped the United States defeat Cuba 9-4 at the Beat the Streets "Salsa in the Square."

Snyder topped 2014 World bronze medalist Javier Cortina, 4-0. Snyder scored on a takedown and two pushouts to shut out the Cuban star. Snyder, an NCAA and Big Ten runner-up in 2014-15 as a true freshman, won his first U.S. Open title earlier this month.

"I love wrestling on the stage. I am so grateful Mike Novogratz picked me to compete here," said Snyder. "That guy [Cortina] was strong. It is great to wrestle a World bronze medalist and compete well against him. There are some things I can fix moving forward, but it was good."

Overall, the United States won five of seven matches. Columbus resident Tervel Dlagnev, who wrestled at Division II Nebraska-Kearney and is trained by Ohio State associate head coach Lou Rosselli, started things off for Team USA with a 10-0 shutout of Cuba's Andres Ramos Dinza. Dlagnev is a two-time World bronze medalist.

The event, held in New York City's Times Square, is a fundraiser for the Beat the Streets program, which provides wrestling opportunities for more than 3,000 young people in New York City each year.