Kyle Snyder

Player profile

  • Weight HWT
  • Hometown Woodbine, Md.
  • Last School Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • Year Senior

• Olympic gold medalist (97kg) at the 2016 Rio Summer Games
• Youngest Olympic and World champion in United States wrestling history
• Two-time Sr. World Team member
• NCAA Champion (285 lbs. 2016, 2017, 2018)
• Big Ten Champion (285 lbs. 2016, 2017, 2018)
• NCAA and Big Ten finalist (197 lbs. 2015; 285 lbs. 2016, 2017, 2018)
• All-American (197 lbs. 2015; 285 lbs. 2016, 2017, 2018)
• Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year (2016, 2017)
• Dan Hodge Trophy finalist (2016, 2017)
• NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler (2016)
• U.S. Olympic Male Athlete of the Year (2017)
• AAU Sullivan Award recipient (2017)
• AAU Sullivan Award finalist (2016, 2017)
• Big Ten Medal of Honor (2018)
• CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large (2017)
• Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-American (2017)
• NWCA All-Academic (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
• Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar Athlete (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

2017-18 (Senior)
• Captured third straight NCAA title
• Alongside Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello, became the first teammate trio in NCAA history to each earn their fourth All-America status in the same season
• Brought home fourth Big Ten crown, avenging his only loss of the season to No. 2 Adam Coon (Michigan) in the B1G finals
• Posted an overall record of 17-1 with nearly half (seven) of the wins coming over nationally-ranked opponents, including four top-5 triumphs
• Disposed of three top-20 foes in each the Big Ten and NCAA Championships to claim the trophy
• Garnered bonus points in over 70 percent of his victories with five tech falls, four pins and three major decision
• Compiled a +39 dual team point differential in nine starts
• Named to President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition
• Unbeaten in the World Clubs Cup in Iran (Dec. 7-8)

2016-17 (Junior)
• Finished with a perfect 17-0 record, winning both the Big Ten and NCAA titles at heavyweight
• Defeated No. 2-ranked Connor Medbery of Wisconsin in both the Big Ten and NCAA finals
• Averaged 7.1 takedowns and 15.7 points/match
• Scored over 19 points/match in the 13 that didn’t end in a pin
• Outscored the No. 3 and No. 4-ranked heavyweights by a combined score of 39-17 in regular season dual wins
 Won by technical fall in the first and second round of the NCAA Championships and major decision in the semifinals
• In his season debut, defeated No. 4 Tanner Hall of Arizona State 20-8, becoming the first-ever American Olympic champion to return to wrestle in a collegiate match
• 13 of his 17 wins came via bonus points (five technical falls, four major decisions, four falls)
• Won the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in January, considered to be the toughest open tournament in the world
• 9-0 against ranked opponents, averaging over 14 points/match in those bouts

• Became the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in United States history when he won a gold medal at the Rio Games
• First active Buckeye student-athlete to win gold since Jerry Lucas (basketball) 1960
• Second Buckeye wrestler in history to medal at the Olympics and first in 92 years
• Capped a 12-month span that included a World championship, Big Ten and NCAA titles and the Olympic gold medal

2015-16 (Sophomore)
• Returned from a planned redshirt year in January and went 11-0 with a Big Ten and NCAA championship
• Ohio State’s Male Athlete of the Year
• Most Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships
• In a memorable 285 lb. final, defeated two-time defending champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State 7-5 in SV-1
• Topped No. 1 seed Adam Coon of Michigan 7-4 in the Big Ten finals
• Finalist for the Dan Hodge Trophy
• Scored 20 points or more in seven of 11 matches and averaged 18.7 points/match
• Made his 2016 debut vs. Nebraska, topping Collin Jensen 20-9 to clinch the Buckeyes’ dual meet victory

• Became the youngest World Champion in USA wrestling history, topping defending champ Abdusalam Gadisov of Russia in the goal medal match, 6-5
• Ranked No. 1 in the UWW freestyle world rankings (97kg)
• U.S. Open champion
• U.S. Team Trials champion
• Pan Am Games champion
• Defeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner three times (twice at U.S. Team Trails, once at U.S. Open)
• Was dominant on his way to the Pan Am Games title, outscoring opponents 31-1

2014-15 (Freshman)
• All-American and NCAA finalist at 197 pounds
• Big Ten runner up
• Was 30-4 overall with a team-high 15 major decisions
• Went 15-1 in dual meets and 8-1 against Big Ten foes
• In the NCAA semifinals, won by decision over defending champion J’Den Cox of Missouri
• Edged Minnesota’s Scott Schiller 3-2 in the quarterfinals
• Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (Feb. 10) following his 3-1 win over Schiller to clinch Ohio State’s 22-13 dual meet win over the Gophers
• USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week (Feb. 10)
• Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie team
• Won 12 straight matches from Jan. 11-March 8
• Michigan State Open champion and third place at the CKLV Invitational

• Trained at the Olympic Training Center
• Overall No. 1 ranked wrestler and top recruit
• A three-time Maryland national prep champion and a Junior World Champion
• Amassed a 179-0 record in his first three years of high school before becoming the youngest American in over 20 years to win a FILA Junior World championship in August 2013
• During his 179-0 run during his first three years of high school, Snyder only gave up a single takedown
• Undefeated in what are considered the top-three toughest high school wrestling tournaments in America, Snyder won the Walsh Jesuit Ironman twice, Beast of the East three-times, and Powerade once