Reflecting on Rio
Aug. 30, 2016


On how he tops his performance at the Rio Olympic Games
"Doing it again in 2020. I try to set my goals based on things I can control. That's my effort, the way I think about the sport, how many times I attack in a match and valuing the improvement in the sport. I can't control if I win or lose or if I get the gold medal at the end of the day. But as long as I wrestle as hard as I can and continue to improve, those small moments through training and competing will be just as special as winning a gold medal."

From a wrestling standpoint, does anything top a gold medal?
No. The Olympics are the pinnacle of the sport. I definitely felt a big different wrestling in the 2015 World and 2016 Olympics. You're representing your country in both, but I think it's a little more special during the Olympics. You're with other athletes from your country and all over the world. It was a great experience and I don't think anything could top it other than another Olympic games.

On his return to Columbus from Rio
"It was great. I was glad my little brother [freshman Kevin Snyder] came back with me. It's always good having family with you. The welcome home was awesome. Coach Ryan set up a meeting time at the airport and a bunch of fans of Ohio State, fans of wrestling and people I've never met before were there to clap for me and take pictures. Everything has been really fun and I'm thankful for all of it."

On future Olympic plans and if he can win gold again.
"I think I can. I plan to do it, but we'll just have to see what happens when we get there. I think I can do it again in 2020 and 2024. I want to try and wrestle in five Olympic games."

Did you have any fears going into your competition?
"No, because of the way I think about the sport. Negative thought popped into my head like they would any competitor but because I don't value just the winning and gold medals I didn't fear losing. I wanted to wrestle the toughest competitors and the challenge was what I was excited for. When you get excited for the challenge, there's not much to fear."

On his upcoming collegiate season
"When I think about the Big Ten's and the NCAAs and running out of the tunnel and competing for Ohio State in front of our home crowd, I get excited. If I wasn't getting excited I'd probably be a little bit worried about the way I was going to be focusing. There are some good guys in my weight class so I'll be ready to go."