Kyle Snyder named to USA Freestyle World Cup Team at 97 kg, to compete April 7-8 in Iowa City

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | March 13, 2018, 12:10 p.m. (ET)
USA Wrestling has named Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)to its 2018 U.S. Men’s Freestyle World Cup Team at 97 kg/213 lbs.

Snyder will be on the USA Wrestling team which will compete at the 2018 Freestyle World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa, April 7-8. The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championship, and will feature the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world.

Snyder, a 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion, will be competing in his third Freestyle World Cup. At the 2016 World Cup in Inglewood, Calif., Snyder was a World Cup champion, with a perfect 4-0 record in his dual meets. At the 2017 World Cup in Kermanshah, Iran, Snyder had a 3-1 record in his matches. He holds a 7-1 career record in the Freestyle World Cup.

In 2015, Snyder won his first World gold medal in Las Vegas, Nev., becoming the youngest U.S. World wrestling champion in history at age 19. When he won his 2016 Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he became the youngest U.S. wrestler to win an Olympic gold medal at age 20. He won his second World title in Paris, France in 2017, defeating Olympic and World champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia in what was called the Match of the Century.

Snyder became the first U.S. man to win back-to-back Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix gold medals, with victories in both 2017 and 2018. He was a 2015 Pan American Games champion, and added a 2017 Pan American Championships gold medal. He added a U.S. Open title in 2015. Snyder was a 2013 Junior World champion and 2014 Junior World bronze medalist.

In college, Snyder is a two-time NCAA champion and three-time finalist for Ohio State University. He goes for his third NCAA title as a senior later this week at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Snyder’s NCAA titles came in 2016 and 2017, and he was second in the 2015 NCAA Championships. He is a three-time Big Ten champion.

He was a three-time National Prep School champion for Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Maryland, and was named ASICS High School Wrestler of the Year after his junior season there. As a senior, Snyder was a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete and did not compete in high school wrestling, concentrating on international freestyle. He graduated from Coronado High School in Colorado.

USA Wrestling will announce one World Cup participant in each of the 10 weight classes each day through March 14. In addition to these 10 athletes, additional athletes will be added to the team roster, with at least two wrestlers in each weight class.

The USA has drawn into Pool A against the nations of Japan, Georgia, and Iran. Pool B consists of teams from Russia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, and Kazakhstan. Iran is the defending World Cup team champions.

This will be the first major international event for the U.S. men’s freestyle program, since the United States won the team title at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France last August. It was the first World Team Title for the USA in men’s freestyle in 22 years and only the third time in history.

Ticket opportunities for the World Cup include a Gold all-session package ($225), a Black all-session package ($150), and standard all-session tickets ($75/$50). Tickets are now available on the University of Iowa Athletics website.

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At Iowa City, Iowa, April 7-8

U.S. men’s freestyle lineup (as of March 13)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Thomas Gilman, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
61 kg/134 lbs. – Kendric Maple, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Logan Stieber, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
70 kg/154 lbs. – James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska WTC)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC)
79 kg/174 lbs. - Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes WC)
86 kg/189 lbs. - David Taylor, State College, Pa. (Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)
92 kg/202.5 lbs. - J’den Cox, Columbia, Mo. (Titan Mercury WC/Missouri WF)
97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder, Woodbine, Md. (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
125 kg/275 lbs. –
National Freestyle Coaches – Bill Zadick, Kevin Jackson and Joe Russell (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Honorary Coaches – Dan Gable (Iowa City, Iowa), J Robinson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mike Duroe (Marion, Iowa)

Additional U.S. athletes and delegation members will also be named.

Kyle Snyder’s previous World Cup results

2017 World Cup, Kermanshah, Iran, Feb. 16-17
WIN Zviadi Metreveli (Georgia), 11-0 tech. fall
WIN Yury Belonovskiy (Russia), 11-2
LOSS Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan), 5-4
WIN Amir Mohammadi (Iran), 6-0

2016 World Cup Inglewood, CA, June 11-12

WIN Kadian Satywart (India), 10-0, tech. fall
WIN Aslanbek Alborov (Azerbaijan), 2-1
WIN Abbas Tahan (Iran), 8-1
WIN Elizbar Odikadze (Georgia), 3-3

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 World Cup champion
• 2015 U.S. Open champion
• Two-time NCAA champion for Ohio State (2016-17)