Aug. 5, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the strength of a gold medal at the Pan American Games and a title at the U.S. World Team Trials, Kyle Snyder is up to No. 15 in the latest UWW Freestyle World Rankings at 97 kg/213 lbs.
Snyder, the top-ranked American on the list, is unbeaten this summer following a dominant run at the Pan Am games that culminated in a 10-0 technical fall victory over Canada’s Arjun Gill in the gold medal match. He won his two matches at the games by a combined score of 31-1, also earning an 11-1 tech fall over Yuri Maier of Argentina in the opening round and a 10-0 shutout of Jose Diaz in the semifinals.
Next up for Snyder will be the 2015 World Championships, slated to take place Sept. 7-12 in Las Vegas, Nev. He punched his ticket to the event with a World Team Trials title in June, defeating 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner in two straight matches to sweep the best-of-three series. Snyder has beaten Varner three times this summer, adding a victory in the finals of the U.S. Open Championship in May.
Snyder also owns a 4-0 victory in New York’s Times Square over Javier Cortina of Cuba, who is No. 6 in the latest rankings. The match was part of the annual Beat the Streets “Salsa in the Square.”
Training at the elite Ohio Regional Training Center with the likes of former Buckeyes JD Bergman, Reece Humphrey and Logan Stieber, Snyder is one of two Ohio RTC members in the world rankings – Tervel Dlagnev checks in at No. 16 in the 125 kg/275 lbs. division.
In his freshman season for the Scarlet and Gray, Snyder went 30-4 with a team-high 15 major decisions and two technical falls. He was the Big Ten and NCAA runner up at 197 pounds, finishing 15-1 in the regular season against Big Ten competition. His 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.