Snyder accepts Final X berth, and will compete for U.S. World Team at Final X: Lincoln on June 15

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | April 23, 2019, 12:51 p.m. (ET)
2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) has officially accepted his berth in Final X. He will battle for the spot at 97 kg/213 lbs. on the 2019 U.S. World Team in men’s freestyle at Final X: Lincoln on Saturday, June 15.

The event will be hosted at the Bob Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Exclusive live and on-demand coverage will be provided on FloWrestling, as well as on the FloSports apps on iOS, Roku and Apple TV 4.

Snyder was a 2016 Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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 reached the World finals again in 2018 in Budapest, where he won a World silver medal.

Snyder also boasts Junior World gold and Junior World bronze medals. He is the first men’s freestyle athlete from the USA to win back-to-back Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix titles. Snyder won three NCAA titles and was a four-time NCAA 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: www.FinalX.tv

The Final X series will determine the 2019 U.S. Senior World Teams in all three Olympic disciplines, and is held in two different locations and dates in June.

The Team Selection procedures for the U.S. World Teams allow for 2018 Senior World medalists to advance directly to Final X at the weight class where he/she won a medal in 2018. 2018 World medalists must declare, in writing, their intent to accept the automatic berth into by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1. Snyder has met this requirement and accepted his qualification.

In Final X, the top two wrestlers in each World Championships weight class will compete in a best-of-three series, with winners earning spots on the U.S. Senior World Team to compete at the 2019 Senior World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, September 14-22, 2019.

There are two sessions in each Final X event. The series at 97 kg, featuring Snyder, has not yet been assigned a session time.

The Final X opponent for Snyder will be determined at the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., May 16-19.

The weight classes assigned to the Final X: Lincoln are:
• Men’s Freestyle: 57 kg, 61 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg, 97 kg
• Women’s Freestyle: 53 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 62 kg, 76 kg
• Greco-Roman: 60 kg, 63 kg, 72 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg

Ticket prices for Final X are:
• VIP Floor - $100
• Reserved seating (100 level) - $65
• General Admission (200 – 300 level) - $40
• Group (GA only) – Buy 10 or more tickets and get $40 off

In addition to Final X: Lincoln, the series also includes Final X: Rutgers on June 8 at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) on the campus of Rutgers University

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FINAL X: LINCOLN
At Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, June 15

Qualifiers to date
Men’s FS 97 kg - Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s FS 74 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska WTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s GR 130 kg - Adam Coon (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC/Cliff Keen WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Women’s FS 53 kg – Sarah Hildebrandt (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Women’s FS 76 kg – Adeline Gray (Denver, Colo./New York AC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

FINAL X: RUTGERS
At the RAC in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, June 8

Qualifiers to date
Women’s FS 68 kg - Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s FS 79 kg - Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s FS 86 kg – David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Men’s FS 92 kg – J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/OTC) vs. winner at World Team Trials Challenge Tournament

KYLE SNYDER
Residence: Columbus, Ohio
Club: Titan Mercury WC
College: Ohio State
High School: Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel); Colorado Springs, Colo. (Coronado)
Born: Nov. 20, 1995 Height: 5-11
• 2016 Olympic champion
• Two-time World champion (2015, 2017)
• 2018 World silver medalist
• 2013 Junior World Champion
• 2014 Junior World bronze medalist
• Two-time Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix champion (2017, 2018)
• 2015 Pan American Games champion
• Two-time Pan American Championships champion (2017, 2018)
• 2016 World Cup champion
• 2015 U.S. Open champion
• Three-time NCAA champion and four-time finalist for Ohio State
• Three-time Prep School national champion for Our Lady of Good Counsel

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