Kyle Snyder (born November 20, 1995) is an NCAA Champion, Olympian, and the youngest World Champion in USA Wrestling history. Snyder 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 Junior World championship in 2013. Although Snyder was unable to repeat his gold medal run in 2014, he still managed to bring a bronze medal back home, and in the process became the youngest two-time Junior World medalist in American history. On September 11, 2015, Snyder won his Senior World title in Las Vegas defeating Russia in the gold medal match.
Before winning his Junior World title in 2013, Snyder decided to forgo his senior year of high school competition and instead competed internationally as a resident athlete at the United States Olympic Training Center. In 2014, at just 18 years of age, Snyder was selected to represent Team USA as the youngest-ever member of the Beat the Streets All-Star team that faced off against top-ranked wrestlers from across the world.
Kyle currently attends Ohio State University, where he is studying sports industry. Snyder is an Academic All-American and was named the 2015-2016 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year. As a true freshman he was voted as a Team Captain and helped lead Ohio State to its first-ever NCAA team championship in 2015, finishing as the runner-up individually in the 197-pound weight class. In 2016, Snyder competed as a heavyweight winning a Big Ten and NCAA title. Snyder was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships and was also a finalist for the Dan Hodge Trophy, considered the Heisman Trophy of college wrestling.
2016-17 Team USA Ranking: No. 1 at 97 kg/213 lbs.
Years on Team USA: 2 (2015-17)
Residence: Woodbine, Md.
Club: Titan Mercury WC
College: Ohio State
High School: Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel), Colorado Springs, Colo. (Coronado)
Born: Nov. 20, 1995
- 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member
- 2015 World Champion
- 2015 Pan American Games champion
- 2016 World Cup champion
- 2013 Junior World Champion
- 2015 U.S. Open champion
- 2014 Junior World bronze medalist
- 2016 NCAA champion for Ohio State, second in 2015 NCAA Championships
- 2013 ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year
2016: XXXI Olympiad Gold Medal
2016: Third in Grand Prix of Germany… World Cup champion… U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion… Third in Alexander Medved International (Belarus)…Third in Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (Russia)…
2015: World champion… Pan American Games champion… U.S. World Team Trials champion… U.S. Open champion…
2014: Third in Junior World Championships… UWW Junior World Team Trials champion… UWW Junior Nationals champion…
2013: Third in Henri Deglane Challenge (France)… Junior World champion… UWW Junior World Team Trials champion… UWW Junior Nationals champion…
2012: Third in UWW Junior Nationals…
College: 2016 NCAA champion for Ohio State… Second at 2015 NCAA Championships… 2016 Big Ten champion… Second in 2015 Big Ten Championships… Member of 2015 NCAA championship team, the first in Ohio State history… Coached by Tom Ryan…
High School: Compiled 179-0 record in three seasons for Our Lady of Good Counsel… 2013 ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year… Attended Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. as a senior… Graduated from Coronado in 2014… Resident-athlete at U.S. Olympic Training Center during 2013-14 school year…
USA Age-group: 2012 Junior Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and third in freestyle… 2011 Cadet National champion in both freestyle and Greco-Roman…
Awards: 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist… 2015 USA Wrestling Freestyle Wrestler of the Year… 2013 ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year
Personal: Son of Stephen and Tricia Snyder… Has two brothers, Stephen Jr. and Kevin, and one sister, Megan… Hobbies include playing basketball, volleyball, golf and hanging out at the beach…