Kyle Dake named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Dec. 12, 2017, 9:34 p.m. (ET)

Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC) has been selected as TheMat.com Athlete of the Week on December 12, 2017.

A member of the U.S. Senior National Team, Dake represented the United States and Titan Mercury Wrestling Club at the World Clubs Cup in Tehran, Iran, last week, wrestling at 79 kg/174 lbs. He went undefeated at the tournament, putting together a 5-0 record.

All five of his wins came by technical fall.

Dake opened the tournament with an 11-0 victory over 2015 Pan American silver medalist Ahmed Shamiya of Canada. He followed it up with a 10-0 win over 2016 Commonwealth champion Jitender Jitender of India and another 10-0 tech over Hasan Molla of Bulgaria to close out pool play.

In the semifinals against Mongolia’s team, Khimori, Dake defeated Turbold Ganbold, 10-0, sealing the dual win for Titan Mercury and sending the U.S. squad to the finals.

Dake was pitted against two-time University World champion Reza Afzali in the World Clubs Cup title dual vs. Iran’s team, Easy Pipe. The American shut down the Iranian with a 12-0 tech fall to complete his perfect tournament.

In his breakout performance at a new weight, Dake outscored his opponents 53-0 to help lead Titan Mercury to a second-place finish.

Dake is a four-time U.S. National Team member, producing runner-up finishes at the 2013, 2015 and 2017 U.S. World Team Trials and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Prior to his run on the Senior level, Dake became the first NCAA Division I wrestler to win four national titles at four different weights while competing for Cornell.

Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling from youth programs through the Senior level.

To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete’s name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Manager of Communications Richard Immel at rimmel@usawrestling.org.