Kyle Dake-Jordan Burroughs rivalry giving U.S. wrestling a needed boost

By Tim Warsinskey Cleveland Plain Dealer | June 30, 2013, 12:45 p.m. (ET)
Kyle Dake instructs at a wrestling clinic in Ohio. Plain Dealer photo

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Whether or not Northeast Ohio is the center of the wrestling universe might be up for debate.

This we know: Echos of the sport's latest big bang can be heard from Westlake High to Kent State, where the family of Kyle Dake left its mark on wrestling years ago.

The son of Doug Dake, Westlake's only state wrestling champion, Kyle Dake made his own history this year. The Cornell senior won his fourth NCAA Division I national championship, becoming the first wrestler to do so at four different weights.

Dake nearly turned the sport upside down this month when he emerged from a brutal bracket at the U.S. World Team Trials to challenge America's biggest wrestling star, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs.

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