Kyle Snyder (wrestler)

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Kyle Snyder
2016 Summer Olympics, Men's Freestyle Wrestling 97 kg awarding ceremony2.jpg
2016 Summer Olympics, Men's Freestyle Wrestling 97 kg awarding ceremony
Full nameKyle Frederick Snyder
Weight97 kg (214 lb)
Born (1995-11-20) November 20, 1995 (age 23)
Woodbine, Maryland, U.S.
High schoolOur Lady of Good Counsel High School
State championships3 (Maryland)
CollegeOhio State University
Prep National Championships3
NCAA championshipsDivision I
3 individual
1 team
Olympic teamUnited States of America
StatusTeam USA / Ohio State Buckeyes

Kyle Frederick Snyder (born November 20, 1995) is an American freestyle wrestler. He is both the youngest Olympic gold medalist as well as the youngest World Champion in American wrestling history.[1] Snyder is also the youngest wrestler ever to win the World, NCAA, and Olympic championships in the same year — a Triple Crown of American wrestling that hadn't been accomplished in a generation until he completed his sweep at the 2016 Rio Olympics.[2]

Snyder then made more history by becoming the first Olympic gold medalist to return to college and win an NCAA wrestling championship, clinching his second consecutive NCAA heavyweight title in 2017 despite tearing cartilage in his chest in the quarter-finals[3][4] and being out-weighed by upwards of 40 pounds throughout the tournament.[5] In 2018, Snyder won his third straight individual NCAA title as a heavyweight, this time being out-weighed by nearly 60 pounds "in one of the biggest size differences in an NCAA championship match in history,"[6] and became the first three-time NCAA heavyweight champion in nearly 30 years.[7]

Along the way he became the youngest American, and only the eleventh ever, to win the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix, which is hosted by a small Siberian town and is widely considered to be the toughest open wrestling tournament in the world.[8] Snyder dominated it with three technical-falls and then a pin in the finals.[9] The following year Snyder would become the first American man not only to win back-to-back Yarygin titles, but the only one to win the prestigious tournament more than once at all,[10] earning him Best Foreign Wrestler honors from his Russian hosts.[11]

His journey through the history books continued in the summer of 2017, when Snyder won "The Match of the Century"[12] by defeating Abdulrashid Sadulaev - nicknamed "The Russian Tank" after steamrolling his way to titles at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships, and through the 2016 Rio Olympics where he outscored his opponents 28-1 on his way to a gold medal at 97 kg[13] - in the deciding finals match of the 2017 World Championships.

This come-from-behind victory earned Team USA its first World Championship in over 20 years and Snyder his third consecutive individual World or Olympic championship,[14] and led to Snyder being ranked as the best pound-for-pound freestyle wrestler on the planet by Flowrestling in September 2017,[15] a title he would retain in their June 2018 rankings.[16] And he ended his collegiate career as "the first and only wrestler to win the NCAA, World, and Olympic championships as a collegiate athlete."[17]

Career[edit]

Summary[edit]

In his first three years of high school, Snyder amassed a 179–0 record, won three Prep National Championships, and only conceded a single takedown.[18] Named the national high school wrestler of the year by both Intermat[19] and ASICS,[20] Snyder was also ranked as the #1 pound-for-pound high school wrestler in America by Flowrestling after his junior season.[21] He then spent his senior year training at the United States Olympic Training Center,[22] competing internationally for Team USA and winning America's first Junior World Championship in over 20 years[23] while becoming the youngest two-time Junior World medalist in American history.[24]

To begin his collegiate wrestling career, Snyder accepted a scholarship from the Ohio State Buckeyes,[25] helping them to an NCAA team championship as a true freshman by finishing as runner-up to a fifth-year senior, Iowa State's Kyven Gadson, in the national finals.[26] A few weeks later he rebounded from this loss with remarkable resilience: Snyder defeated the returning Olympic gold medalist for a chance to represent the U.S. on its 2015 World Team,[27] then became the youngest World Champion in American wrestling history by dethroning the reigning World Champion.[28] Snyder continued his extraordinary run by returning to Ohio State and rallying for an overtime victory over NC State University's Nick Gwiazdowski, the returning-to-back heavyweight national champion. Even giving away more than 30 pounds Snyder was able to end Gwiazdowski's 88-match win streak[29] and earn his first individual NCAA title as a true sophomore.[30]

A few months later Snyder would win his historic gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics — capping-off his unprecedented streak of winning wrestling's three most prestigious championships in succession before his 21st birthday, defeating the man holding each title along the way.

After returning to Ohio State and winning his second consecutive NCAA heavyweight title at the end of an undefeated 2016-2017 wrestling season,[5] Snyder would avenge his loss to Gadson in the finals of America's 2017 World Team Trials, sweeping him with two straight tech-falls and a cumulative score of 23-2.[31] He would then face another historic bout in the finals of the 2017 Paris World Championships: with Russia and the U.S. tied for first place at 53 points each, Snyder stepped onto the mat for "The Match of the Century" - the team championship, an individual title at 97 kg, and two young legacies were on the line.[32] His opponent was Abdulrashid Sadulaev, a young Russian phenom on a three-year undefeated streak that included two World Championships as well as an Olympic gold, who was then considered the best pound-for-pound wrestler in the world.[33]

Sadulaev moved-up a weight class specifically to challenge Snyder, and quickly took a 2-0 lead early in their finals match. But Snyder battled back, and tied the match at 3-3 before the end of the first period, only to have Sadulaev score another takedown and regain the lead. A lead that lasted until the final 20 seconds of the match when Snyder's furious pace allowed him to score a late takedown at the edge of the mat[34] - sealing Team USA's first World Championship in over 20 years, Snyder's third consecutive individual World or Olympic championship, and wresting the title of best pound-for-pound wrestler on the planet away from Sadulaev.[35][15]

And in a story recounted to The Washington Post by his college coach, Tom Ryan,[36] after Snyder's thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory which clinched his first NCAA heavyweight title in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden - a match chosen by fans to be the final one of the night[29] and broadcast live in primetime to millions on ESPN[37] - a maintenance worker approached Ryan to let him know what made Snyder, who'd already made wrestling history as America's youngest World Champion and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of those NCAA Championships,[30] stand out from his competition the most that weekend: he'd been the only athlete in the entire tournament who continually thanked him for refilling the stadium's water jugs.[38]

High school and junior[edit]

Snyder amassed a 179-0 record in his first three years of high school [18] before becoming the youngest American in over 20 years to win a FILA Junior World Championship in August 2013.[23][24] Snyder was coached by two former World Champions during his gold medal match: Bill Zadick of the Iowa Hawkeyes, who was a college teammate of Jeff McGinness, the youngest ever American FILA Junior World Champion who won the tournament in 1992,[39] as well as Zeke Jones. Although Snyder was unable to repeat his gold medal run in 2014, he brought home a bronze medal, and in the process became the youngest two-time Junior World medalist in American history.[40]

Before bringing home his Junior World title in 2013, Snyder had already decided to forgo his senior year of high school competition and instead compete internationally as a resident athlete at the United States Olympic Training Center beginning in the fall of 2013.[22] In the spring of 2014, at 18 years of age, Snyder was selected to represent Team USA as the youngest-ever member of the Beat the Streets All-Star team that faced off against top-ranked wrestlers from across the world, where he wrestled alongside fellow Americans with multiple NCAA championships and Olympic gold medals such as David Taylor, Brent Metcalf and Jordan Burroughs.[41] Snyder, who competes internationally at 96 kg, lost a tightly contested exhibition match 6–3[42] against Khadzhimurat Gatsalov, the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the world at 120 kg who at 31 years old had won five World Championships and an Olympic gold medal.[43] A few weeks later, Snyder secured a place on his second consecutive United States Junior World Team, winning by technical fall in the national finals.[44]

Snyder hoped to repeat his championship run at the Junior World Championships in 2014, though fell short and lost to Georgy Gogaev of Russia from North Ossetia-Alania in the quarterfinals, and wrestled back for a bronze. Earlier in 2014, Gogaev had defeated two former Division I (NCAA) champions Dustin Kilgore and Cam Simaz,[45] both of whom had won their NCAA titles years earlier, in 2011 and 2012 respectively – while Snyder was still competing in high school.

Junior Record[edit]

Junior Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2014 Junior World 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 96 kg
Win 8-1 Iran Hamidreza Jamshidi 7-1 August 8, 2014 Junior World Championship Croatia Zagreb
Win 7-1 Bulgaria Angel Gochev Tech Fall
Loss 6-1 Russia Georgi Gogaev 1-8
Win 6-0 Azerbaijan Said Gamidov 8-2
Win 5-0 Cyprus Alxios Kaouslidis Tech Fall
2013 Junior World 1st, gold medalist(s) at 96 kg
Win 4-0 Armenia Viktor Kazishvili 11-4 August 17, 2013 Junior World Championship Bulgaria Sofia
Win 3-0 Germany Robin Ferdinand 8-0
Win 2-0 Russia Yasup Malachmagomedov 3-1
Win 1-0 Moldova Radu Balaur 4-1

Olympic, collegiate, and senior[edit]

Snyder, just 19 years old at the time, defeated the reigning World Champion at 97 kg, Russia's Abdusalam Gadisov, for his 2015 World Championship in Las Vegas. And then less than one year later, Snyder bested Azerbaijan's Khetag Gazyumov, a former World Champion and two-time Olympic medalist, for his Rio Olympic gold. Combined, these two men were 20 years Snyder's senior. Additionally, to earn the honor of representing the United States of America on each of those national teams, Snyder had to beat reigning London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner in both America's 2015 World Team Trials[46] and the 2016 Olympic Team Trials.[47] Since USA Wrestling's National Team Trials use a best two-out-of-three format for their finals, Snyder had to beat the returning Olympic gold medalist a total of four times, which he did with a cumulative score of 21-6 over the course of their matches.

Snyder, who wrestled collegiately for the Ohio State Buckeyes, is also a three-time NCAA Division I National Champion. His first was won with an overtime victory in a sold-out Madison Square Garden which snapped his opponent's 88-match winning streak, preventing North Carolina State University's Nick Gwiazdowski from winning his third consecutive NCAA heavyweight title.[48] Weighing in for the 285 lb. Heavyweight division at just 226 pounds, Snyder was the lightest heavyweight in the field[49] and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.[50]

For his two international championships Snyder was rewarded with over a quarter million dollars by the Living the Dream Medal Fund, which was founded by "two former collegiate wrestlers-turned Wall Street tycoons," billionaire investment banker Michael E. Novogratz and real estate developer David Barry.[51] Snyder was well endowed with $250,000 for his 2016 Summer Olympics gold and earlier received $50,000 for his 2015 World Championship, monies he is allowed to keep since the NCAA made an exception to its rules against student-athlete financial compensation for the Fund.[52]

NCAA Record[edit]

NCAA Record
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event
NCAA 1st, gold medalist(s) at 285 lbs
Win 75-5 Adam Coon 3-2 2018-03-15 NCAA Championships
Win 74-5 Jacob Kasper 10-5
Win 73-5 Derek White 6-3
Win 72-5 Jere Heino Tech Fall
Win 71-5 Ryan Solomon 15-5
Big Ten 1st, gold medalist(s) at 285 lbs
Win 70-5 Adam Coon 4-2 Mar 3, 2018 Big Ten Championships
Win 69-5 Nick Nevills 14-5
Win 68-5 Shawn Streck 17-6
Win 67-5 Fletcher Miller Tech Fall
Win 66-5 Michael Boykin Tech Fall Feb 18, 2018 Ohio State - North Carolina Dual
Loss 65-5 Adam Coon 1-3 Feb 11, 2018 Ohio State - Michigan Dual
Win 65-4 Nick Nevills 15-10 Feb 3, 2018 Ohio State - Penn State Dual
Win 64-4 Steven Holloway Tech Fall Jan 21, 2018 Iowa - Ohio State Dual
Win 63-4 Rylee Streifel Tech Fall Jan 12, 2018 Minnesota - Ohio State Dual
Win 62-4 Razohnn Gross Fall Jan 7, 2018 Ohio State - Rutgers Dual
Win 61-4 Stacey Ben Fall Dec 17, 2017 Ohio State - Chattanooga Dual
Win 60-4 Devin Nye Fall Nov 21, 2017 Kent State - Ohio State Dual
Win 59-4 Austin Harris Fall Nov 12, 2017 Arizona State - Ohio State Dual
NCAA 1st, gold medalist(s) at 285 lbs
Win 58-4 Conor Medbery 6-3 Mar 16, 2017 NCAA Championships
Win 57-4 Jacob Kasper 19-6
Win 56-4 Michael Kroells 13-7
Win 55-4 Ryan Garrett Tech Fall
Win 54-4 Jake Gunning Tech Fall
Big Ten 1st, gold medalist(s) at 285 lbs
Win 53-4 Connor Medbery 8-5 Mar 4, 2017 Big Ten Championship
Win 52-4 Michael Kroells 14-7
Win 51-4 Razohnn Gross Tech Fall
Win 50-4 Colin Jensen 16-6 Feb 10, 2017 Ohio State - Nebraska Dual
Win 49-4 Razohnn Gross Tech Fall Feb 6, 2017 Rutgers - Ohio State Dual
Win 48-4 Nick Nevills 19-9 Feb 3, 2017 Penn State - Ohio State Dual
Win 47-4 Hemida Youssef Tech Fall Jan 22, 2017 Maryland - Ohio State Dual
Win 46-4 Deuce Rachal Fall Jan 15, 2017 Illinois - Ohio State Dual
Win 45-4 Austin Myers Fall Dec 8, 2016 Missouri - Ohio State Dual
Win 44-4 Devin Nye Fall Nov 22, 2016 Ohio State - Kent State Dual
Win 43-4 Michael Furbee Fall Nov 22, 2016 Ohio State - Cleveland State Dual
Win 42-4 Tanner Hall 20-18 Nov 19, 2016 Ohio State - Arizona State Dual
NCAA 1st, gold medalist(s) at 285 lbs
Win 41-4 Nick Gwiazdowski 7-5 Mar 17, 2016 NCAA Championship
Win 40-4 Ty Walz 10-6
Win 39-4 Amarveer Dhesi 16-5
Win 38-4 Tanner Harms Tech Fall
Win 37-4 Antonio Pelusi Fall
Big Ten 1st, gold medalist(s) at 285 lbs
Win 36-4 Adam Coon 7-4 Mar 5, 2016 Big Ten Championship
Win 35-4 Collin Jensen Tech Fall
Win 34-4 Brooks Black Tech Fall
Win 33-4 Brock Horwath Tech Fall Feb 12, 2016 Wisconsin - Ohio State Dual
Win 32-4 Jan Johnson Tech Fall Feb 5, 2016 Ohio State - Penn State Dual
Win 31-4 Collin Jensen 20-9 Jan 17, 2016 Nebraska - Ohio State Dual
Loss 30-4 Kyven Gadson Fall Mar 19, 2015 NCAA Championships
Win 30-3 J'Den Cox 3-2
Win 29-3 Scott Schiller 3-2
Win 28-3 Shane Woods 14-5
Win 27-3 Braden Atwood 12-4
Loss 26-3 Morgan McIntosh 1-4 Mar 7, 2015 Big Ten Championships
Win 26-2 Nathan Burak 3-2
Win 25-2 Timmy McCall 6-2
Win 24-2 Elliot Riddick 9-1 Feb 21, 2015 Ohio State - Lehigh Dual
Win 23-2 Vince Pickett Tech Fall Feb 15, 2015 Ohio State - Edinboro Dual
Win 22-2 Scott Schiller 3-1 Feb 6, 2015 Minnesota - Ohio State Dual
Win 21-2 Hayden Hrymack Tech Fall Feb 1, 2015 Ohio State - Rutgers Dual
Win 20-2 Tanner Lynde 18-7 Jan 30, 2015 Purdue - Ohio State Dual
Win 19-2 Rob Fitzgerals 19-9 Jan 25, 2015 Ohio State - Maryland Dual
Win 18-2 Luke Sheridan 18-7 Jan 23, 2015 Indiana - Ohio State Dual
Win 17-2 Max Hunyley 5-2 Jan 18, 2015 Ohio State - Michigan Dual
Win 16-2 Nick McDiarmid 17-6 Jan 16, 2015 Ohio State - Michigan State Dual
Win 15-2 Morgan McIntosh 6-1 Jan 11, 2015 Penn State - Ohio State Dual
Loss 14-2 Nathan Burak 1-2 Jan 4, 2015 Iowa - Ohio State Dual
Win 14-1 Johnny Eblen 15-5 Dec 14, 2014 Missouri - Ohio State Dual
Win 13-1 Jace Bennett 18-7 Dec 5, 2014 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Win 12-1 Trent Noon 16-6
Loss 11-1 Kyven Gadson 2-3
Win 11-0 Lucas Sheridan 14-4
Win 10-0 Micah Barnes 14-4
Win 9-0 Josh Popple 13-7
Win 8-0 Chance McClure 20-6 Nov 24, 2014 Ohio State - Virginia Dual
Win 7-0 Jared Haught 8-5 Nov 23, 2014 Ohio State - Virginia Tech Dual
Win 6-0 Josh DaSilveira 21-8 Nov 15, 2014 Arizona State - Ohio State Dual
Win 5-0 Cole Baxter 11-6 Nov 13, 2014 Kent State - Ohio State Dual
Win 4-0 Max Huntley 10-5 Nov 2, 2014 Michigan State Open
Win 3-0 Phil Wellington 11-4
Win 2-0 Nick McDiarmid 8-2
Win 1-0 Jake Smith 21-7

NCAA Stats[edit]

Season Year School Rank Weigh Class Record Win Bonus
2018 Senior Ohio State #1 285 17-1 94.44% 76.92%
2017 Junior #1 285 17-0 100.00% 76.47%
2016 Sophomore #1 285 11-0 100.00% 72.73%
2015 Freshman #3 197 30-4 88.24% 50.00%
Career 75-5 93.75% 64.00%

Senior Record[edit]

Senior Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2018 World Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) at 97 kg
Loss 79-10 Russia Abdulrashid Sadulaev Fall October 23, 2018 2018 World Championships Hungary Budapest
Win 79-9 Hungary Pavlo Oliynyk 3-0 October 22, 2018
Win 78-9 Italy Abraham Conyedo 11-2
Win 77-9 American Samoa Nathaniel Tuamoheloa Tech Fall (10-0)
Win 76-9 Mongolia Ölziisaikhany Batzul 8-3
2018 Yaşar Doğu 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 75-9 Turkey Rıza Yıldırım Tech Fall July 28, 2018 2018 Yaşar Doğu Turkey Istanbul
Loss 74-9 Azerbaijan Aslanbek Alborov 3-3 July 27, 2018
Win 74-8 Iran Alireza Goodarzi Tech Fall
2018 US World Team Trials 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 73-8 United States Kyven Gadson 10-2 June 11, 2018 2018 US World Team Trials United States Lincoln, NE
Win 72-8 United States Kyven Gadson 9-0
Win 71-8 Cuba Reineris Salas 9-8 May 17, 2018 Beat The Streets United States New York City, NY
2018 World Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 70-8 Azerbaijan Roman Bakirov Tech Fall (14-3) April 8, 2018 2018 World Cup United States Iowa City, IO
Win 69-8 Georgia (country) Givi Matcharashvili Tech Fall (10-0)
Win 68-8 Japan Taira Sonoda Tech Fall (10-0) April 7, 2018
Win 67-8 India Viky Viky Tech Fall (10-0)
2018 Ivan Yarygin Gran Prix 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 66-8 Russia Rasul Magomedov 4-1 January 28, 2018 2018 Ivan Yarygin Gran Prix Russia Krasnoyarsk
Win 65-8 Russia Vladislav Baitcaev 5-1
Win 64-8 Turkey Yunus Dede 6-2
Win 63-8 Turkmenistan Sohbet Belliyev Tech Fall (10-0)
2017 World Clubs Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 62-8 Russia Vladislav Baitcaev 4-1 December 7, 2017 2017 World Wrestling Clubs Cup Iran Tehran
Win 61-8 Mongolia Zorintbaatar Batsukh Tech Fall
Win 60-8 Bulgaria Dimitar Karaivanov Tech Fall
Win 59-8 Canada Frederick Choquette Tech Fall
2017 World Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 58-8 Russia Abdulrashid Sadulaev 6-5 August 26, 2017 2017 World Championships France Paris
Win 57-8 Azerbaijan Aslanbek Alborov 9-2
Win 56-8 Japan Naoya Akaguma 10-2
Win 55-8 Kazakhstan Mamed Ibragimov Tech Fall
Grand Prix of Spain 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 54-8 South Africa Erasmus Martin Tech Fall July 15, 2017 Grand Prix of Spain Spain Madrid
Win 53-8 Iran Hossein Shahbazigazvar Tech Fall
Win 52-8 Russia Adam Kariaev Tech Fall
Win 51-8 Sweden Sven Engstrom Tech Fall
2017 US World Team Trials 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 50-8 United States Kyven Gadson 13-2 June 10, 2017 2017 US World Team Trials United States Lincoln, NE
Win 49-8 United States Kyven Gadson Tech Fall
Win 48-8 Japan Koki Yamamoto Tech Fall May 17, 2017 Beat The Streets United States New York City, NY
2017 Pan American 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 47-8 Dominican Republic Sosa Perez Tech Fall May 7, 2017 2017 Pan American Championships Brazil Salvador
Win 46-8 Canada Nishan Randhawa Tech Fall
Win 45-8 Brazil Felipe Cesar Camilo Tech Fall
2017 World Cup 2nd, silver medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 44-8 Iran Amir Mohammadi 6-0 February 17, 2017 2017 World Cup Iran Kermanshah
Loss 43-8 Azerbaijan Aslanbek Alborov 4-5
Win 43-7 Russia Yuri Belonovski 11-2 February 16, 2017
Win 42-7 Georgia (country) Zviadi Metreveli Tech Fall
2017 Ivan Yarygin Gran Prix 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 41-7 Russia Rasul Magomedov Fall January 29, 2017 2017 Ivan Yarygin Gran Prix Russia Krasnoyarsk
Win 40-7 Iran Hossein Ramezanianjelodar Tech Fall
Win 39-7 Mongolia Munkhzhargal Belgutei Tech Fall
Win 38-7 China Chaganzhana Tech Fall
2016 World Clubs Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 37-7 Iran Elias Bakhtiyari 3-0 December 1, 2016 2016 World Wrestling Clubs Cup Ukraine Kharkov
Win 36-7 Ukraine Murazi Mchedlidze 4-2
Loss 35-7 Georgia (country) Elizbar Odikadze 2-2
Win 35-6 Ukraine Andriy Vlasov 7-0
2016 Olympic 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 34-6 Azerbaijan Khetag Gazyumov 2-1 August 19, 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Brazil Rio de Janeiro
Win 33-6 Georgia (country) Elizbar Odikadze 9-4
Win 32-6 Romania Albert Saritov 7-0
Win 31-6 Cuba Javier Cortina 10-3
Grand Prix of Germany 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 30-6 Russia Magomed Ibragimov 11-5 July 2, 2016 Grand Prix of Germany Germany Dortmund
Loss 29-6 Azerbaijan Khetag Gazyumov 1-2
Win 29-5 Venezuela José Díaz 9-3
Win 28-5 Moldova Nicolae Ceban 9-3
2016 World Cup at 97 kg
Win 27-5 Georgia (country) Elizbar Odikadze 6-0 June 12, 2016 2016 World Cup United States Los Angeles, CA
Win 26-5 Azerbaijan Aslanbek Alborov 2-1
Win 25-5 Iran Abbas Tahan 8-1 June 11, 2016
Win 24-5 India Saywart Kadian Tech Fall
2016 US Olympic Team Trials 1st, gold medalist(s) at 94 kg
Win 23-5 United States Jake Varner 6-2 April 10, 2016 2016 US Olympic Team Trials United States Iowa City, IO
Win 22-5 United States Jake Varner 4-0
Loss 21-5 United States Jake Varner 4-4
Alexander Medved Invitational 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 21-4 Germany Erik Thiele 7-0 February 18, 2016 Alexander Medved Invitational Belarus Minsk
Loss 20-4 Russia Khadzhimurat Gatsalov 2-5
Win 20-3 Russia Yuri Belonovski 5-1
Win 19-3 Uzbekistan Magomed Ibragimov 7-0
2016 Ivan Yarygin Gran Prix 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 18-3 Russia Rashid Kurbanov 8-2 January 29, 2016 2016 Ivan Yarygin Gran Prix Russia Krasnoyarsk
Loss 17-3 Russia Anzor Boltukayev 0-3
Win 17-2 Russia Tornike Kvitatiani 4-0
Win 16-2 Russia Georgy Dzukaev Tech Fall
2015 Brazil Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 15-2 Brazil Kato Robson Tech Fall December 11, 2015 2015 Brazil Cup Brazil Contagem
Win 14-2 Brazil Victor Paulo Tech Fall
2015 World Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 13-2 Russia Abdusalam Gadisov 5-5 September 12, 2015 2015 World Championships United States Las Vegas, NV
Win 12-2 Iran Abbas Tahan 6-3
Win 11-2 Venezuela José Daniel Díaz Tech Fall (11-1)
Win 10-2 Poland Radosław Baran 8-0
Win 9-2 Ukraine Pavlo Oliynyk 2-1
2015 Pan American 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 8-2 Canada Arjun Gill Tech Fall (10-0) July 18, 2015 2015 Pan American Games Canada Toronto
Win 7-2 Venezuela José Daniel Díaz Tech Fall (10-0)
Win 6-2 Argentina Yuri Maier Tech Fall (11-1)
2015 US World Team Trials 1st, gold medalist(s) at 97 kg
Win 5-2 United States Jake Varner 3-0 June 14, 2015 2015 US World Team Trials United States Madison, WI
Win 4-2 United States Jake Varner 4-1
Win 3-2 Cuba Javier Cortina 4-0 May 21, 2015 Beat The Streets United States New York City, NY
Loss 2-2 Russia Khadzhimurat Gatsalov 3-6 May 8, 2014 Beat The Streets United States New York City, NY
Henri Deglane 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 96 kg
Win 2-1 Georgia (country) Nodar Kurtanidze 7-0 November 29, 2013 Henri Deglane Gran Prix France Nice
Win 1-1 France Jeremy Latour 7-0
Loss 0-1 United Kingdom Leon Rattigan 3-3

Highlights[edit]

In the early minutes of his gold medal Junior World Championships match in 2013, Snyder was thrown to his back by his Armenian opponent, Viktor Kazishvili, and nearly pinned.[23] After fighting off his back and down 4–1, Snyder then ran off 10 unanswered points to secure the victory by technical fall in four minutes and four seconds, his third in his four matches at the tournament.[23][53]

During his 179–0 run during his first three years of high school, Snyder only gave up a single takedown.[1] Snyder, who stopped playing football for his nationally ranked high school team following his sophomore season,[54] is a two-time Washington Post All-Met Wrestler of the Year,[55] and was named the male 2013 ASICS Wrestler of the Year[20] as well as Intermat's 2013 Wrestler of the Year.[56] In November 2013, Snyder became the #1 ranked "Pound for Pound" (P4P) American high school wrestler according to Flowrestling.org.[21]

Undefeated in what are considered the top 3 toughest high school wrestling tournaments in America,[57] Snyder won the Walsh Ironman twice, Beast of the East three times, and the Powerade Wrestling Tournament once.[55] Snyder began wrestling for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2014, placing second in the NCAA championships his freshman year at the 197-pound class individually, and winning a National Championship as part of the Buckeyes' 2014–15 team.

He initially planned to take an Olympic redshirt for the 2015–16 season, but instead chose to return for the Buckeyes and enroll in classes for the spring semester. At the NCAA championships, Snyder won at heavyweight, defeating two-time defending national champion Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State University in overtime 7–5. Snyder was the lightest heavyweight in the field at 226 pounds and finished 11–0 on the season.

Snyder is a 2015 UWW world champion at age 19.

At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, he won the Gold Medal bout 2–1 en route to becoming the youngest Olympic Wrestling Champion in USA history at the age of 20, beating Henry Cejudo's record.

Snyder has expressed an interest in Mixed martial arts, wanting to compete in the UFC. He plans to cross train Mixed martial arts with wrestling as he continues his historic world championship runs for Freestyle.[58]

Awards and honors[edit]

2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
  • 3rd, bronze medalist(s) UWW junior world 96 kg
2013
  • ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) UWW junior world 96 kg
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Maryland State Division I 220lbs
2012
  • 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Junior Nationals 96kg
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Junior Nationals (Greco Roman) 96kg
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Maryland State Division I 220lbs
2011
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Cadet 96kg
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Cadet (Greco Roman) 96kg
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Maryland State Division I 215lbs

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