FORT WORTH, Texas – Ohio State graduate Kyle Snyder defeated fellow Buckeye Kollin Moore in the best-of-three Final X Championship series at the US Olympic Team Trials on Saturday night at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
Snyder won the opening round bout 10-0 and then took control from the beginning of the second bout and held on for a 5-1 victory.
“Kollin is a great wrestler,” Snyder said immediately following the match. “We went to the same college (Ohio State) and I know a lot about how he wrestles. I was just thankful for the opportunity to compete. Tokyo is a few months away and I’m going to have to continue to work hard.”
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This is Snyder’s second Olympic Games. He became the youngest American gold medalist when he won the title in Rio in 2016. Snyder seems to be in top form heading into the summer. He has a 38-2 international freestyle record over the last two years.
Moore had a great run at the trials. He won his three matches in the challenger bracket by a combined score of 26-2.
Joey McKenna was also in the final series of the 65 kg weight class on Saturday evening vs. Jordan Oliver. He fell 3-0 in the first match and then wrestled a tough second match but lost that one 5-2.
McKenna also had an impressive trials. In the challenge bracket on Friday, he defeated the No. 1 seed Zain Retherford on his trip to the finals.
Ohio State was the only college in the country with three wrestlers in the Final X Championship series.
Nathan Tomasello lost his lone match on Friday and dropped into the consolation bracket in the freestyle 57 kg weight class. On Saturday, he picked up a pair of victories and finished in third place.
Nicholas Boykin, current OSU redshirt-freshman, also finished third in the 97 kg weight class in the Greco-Roman division.