COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder appeared on NBC4 Sports Saturday for an in-depth interview on his journey to the Olympic games this summer in Rio de Janeiro.
A sophomore from Woodbine, Md., Snyder (11-0) was the 2016 Big Ten and NCAA champion at heavyweight, helping Ohio State to a third-place finish at both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. Along the way, he was dominant, picking up eight of his 11 wins by either fall, technical fall or major decision. He scored 20 points on seven occasions, averaged 18.6 points/match and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships. Snyder was also a finalist for the Dan Hodge Trophy, considered the Heisman Trophy of college wrestling.
In the NCAA finals, Snyder knocked off two-time defending champion Nick Gwiazdowski of N.C. State in overtime, ending his 88-match winning streak. Last fall, he became the youngest World champion in U.S. wrestling history and originally intended to redshirt the 2015-16 campaign before deciding at midseason to return to take a shot at winning a NCAA title. Just three weeks after his college season ended, Snyder defeated 2012 Olympic goal medalist Jake Varner twice at the Olympic Team Trials to earn a spot at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Snyder and the rest of his United States teammates depart for Rio on August 3. His competition at 97kg/213 lbs. is slated to take place on the final day of the Olympic Games – Sunday, August 21.