Snyder accepts Final X berth, and will compete for U.S. World Team spot in Lincoln, Neb. on June 9

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | April 20, 2018, 12:28 p.m. (ET)
Kyle Snyder, shown at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, is among the stars confirmed for Final X in Lincoln.

2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) has officially accepted his berth in Final X, and will battle for a spot on the 2018 U.S. World Team in men’s freestyle in Final X in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, June 9.

The event will be hosted at the Bob Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, starting at 6 p.m. CST, with exclusive live and on-demand coverage on FloWrestling, as well as on the FloSports apps on iOS, Roku and Apple TV 4.

Snyder won his Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. He added World titles in Las Vegas in 2015 and in Paris in 2017. He was the youngest American wrestler to win a Senior World title at age 19 and the youngest American wrestler to win an Olympic title at age 20. Snyder also boasts Junior World gold and Junior World bronze medals. He is the first man from the USA to win back-to-back Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix titles. Snyder won three NCAA titles and was a four-time finalist for Ohio State. He was a three-time National Prep School champion for Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Maryland, then graduated from Coronado High School in Colorado as a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete during his senior year.

To order tickets, go to the tickets tab on the official Final X website at:

The Final X series will determine the 2018 U.S. Senior World Teams in men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling, held in three different locations and dates in June.

The Team Selection procedures for the U.S. World Teams in men’s and women’s freestyle allow for 2017 Senior World medalists to advance directly to Final X at a specified weight class. Snyder has met this requirement and accepted his qualification.

In Lincoln, the top two men’s and women’s freestyle wrestlers in each of seven weight classes will compete in a best-of-three series, with winners earning spots on the U.S. Senior World Team to compete at the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 20-28, 2018.

The weight classes assigned to the Final X event in Lincoln are:
● Men's freestyle weight classes (57 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg, 97 kg)
● Women's freestyle weight classes (55 kg, 59 kg, 68 kg)

The Final X opponent for Snyder will be determined at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament for men’s and women’s freestyle, set for Rochester, Minn., May 18-20.

In Lincoln, Ticket prices are available in four pricing levels:
• VIP seating for $75.00
• Reserved seating (online option for early buyers) for $50.00
• General Admission seating (first come, first serve) for $30.00
• Age 2 and under are free

There will be 10% off for group tickets of 10 or more in a single order (for general admission only).

In addition to Final X in Lincoln, the Final X series includes Final X in State College on June 16 and Final X at Lehigh on June 23. USA Wrestling and FloWrestling will announce each of the athletes in Final X as they qualify.

Final X is an exciting new partnership between USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, and FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content.

At Bob Devaney Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Saturday, June 9

Qualifiers to date
Men’s 97 kg – Kyle Snyder (Titan Mercury WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Women’s 59 kg – Alli Ragan (Sunkist Kids) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

Other weight classes will be men’s freestyle at 57 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg and women’s freestyle at 55 kg, 68 kg.

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
Weight Class: 97 kg/213 lbs.
• 2016 Olympic champion
• Two-time World Champion (2015, 2017)
• 2013 Junior World Champion
• Third in 2014 Junior World Championships
• Two-time Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion (2017, 2018)
• 2015 Pan American Games champion
• 2017 Pan American Championships champion
• 2016 and 2018 World Cup champion
• 2015 U.S. Open champion
• Two-time NCAA champion for Ohio State (2016-17)
• 2017 U.S. Olympic Committee Male Olympic Athlete of the Year
• 2018 James E. Sullivan Award winner as the nation’s top amateur athlete