Oct. 23, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kyle Snyder is one of five finalists for the U.S. Male Olympic Athlete of the Year award, and with one week remaining in the open voting competition, the Buckeye heavyweight owns a substantial lead with 38 percent of the votes as of Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. ET. A pair of fellow American Olympians (Lowell Bailey, biathlon; Caleb Dressel, swimming) are next at 17 percent apiece.
In a bout that was dubbed “The Match of the Century,” Snyder defeated Olympic and two-time world champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia, 6-5, to win the 97-kilogram gold medal and clinch Team USA’s first men’s freestyle world team title in 22 years at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships. This coming one year after capturing Olympic gold in Rio.