Kyle Snyder becomes youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history

Kyle Snyder
Snyder at the 2016 Olympics

One year after becoming the youngest world champion in U.S. history for wrestling, 20-year-old Kyle Snyder is now the country’s youngest Olympic champion in the sport.

Snyder defeated Khetag Gazyumov, the world No. 3, in the men’s 97kg freestyle wrestling final by a score of 2-1 to win gold in his Olympic debut.

It’s the first (and only) gold for the U.S. in men’s wrestling at these Olympics, and the nation’s third medal in wrestling overall. Earlier this week, Helen Maroulis won gold in women’s wrestling and J’den Cox took bronze in men’s freestyle.

Snyder’s excellent conditioning was on display throughout the tournament as he battled hard through his four matches, with his opponents often looking worn out late in matches during the later rounds. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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