Aug. 27, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kyle Snyder highlights the National Wrestling Coaches Association True Freshman All-Academic Team for the 2014-15 season, the organization announced today.
Snyder, a Woodbine, Md. native and sport industry major, is one of two Division I All-Americans on the list, joined by N.C. State’s Kevin Jack. The NWCA annually recognizes student-athletes who excel both on the mat and in the classroom. Earlier this year, the NWCA released its Top 30 All-Academic teams and individual All-Academic Team.
Snyder reached the NCAA and Big Ten finals on his way to finishing 30-4 with a team-high 15 major decisions. Since the season ended, Snyder has excelled in freestyle, making the U.S. World Team at 213 pounds. He’ll compete at the World Championships in Las Vegas in early September.
Snyder’s victory over defending champion J’Den Cox in the 197 lbs. NCAA semifinals was instrumental in helping Ohio State earn its first team national title in school history. He has previously announced plans to redshirt in 2015-16 to pursue his freestyle training in hopes of competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Since head coach Tom Ryan’s arrival in 2006, Ohio State has excelled in the classroom, totaling eight NWCA All-Academic Team members, 49 Academic All-Big Ten members and 96 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes. Two other Buckeyes – Ian Paddock and Colt Sponseller – have previously earned NWCA Division I True-Freshman All-Academic Team honors.