Wrestling: Kyle Snyder Wins Second NCAA Title, Topping Wisconsin's Connor Medbery, 6-3

By Curt Heinrichs on March 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm
Two-time NCAA Champion Kyle Snyder

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World Champion. Olympic Gold Medalist. Two-time Big Ten heavyweight champion. Two-time undefeated NCAA champion. 

Buckeye redshirt junior Kyle Snyder added another accolade to his resume on Saturday night as he won his second-consecutive NCAA championship with a victory over Wisconsin's behemoth heavyweight Connor Medbery, 6-3, on Saturday night. 

Snyder struck first with a takedown early in the match, but Medbery didn't make it easy. Snyder switched to a double leg while Medbery locked around Snyder's waist. The Buckeye earned the takedown by lifting the much larger Medbery.

GIF: Kyle Snyder lifts the massive Connor Medbery for a takedwon.

Snyder earned a penalty point for Medbery fleeing the mat to avoid a Snyder takedown. Snyder added another takedown and an escape to his total, while Medbery earned a takedown of his own late in the match. 

With the 6-3 decision, Snyder caps off a second-consecutive perfect season with an NCAA title.

“I’m just happy I could wrestle well and represent Ohio State well,” said Snyder. “I’m excited about the future of improvement, just becoming a better wrestler, but that was a pretty awesome environment. Very grateful that I could compete in front of all those people.”

Many wrestlers can only dream of the many things Snyder has accomplished but he will get another opportunity to add to his list next season as he will still have another year of eligibility left to wrestle for the Buckeyes. 

Snyder will now take a backseat from competing and switch into a teammate role as fellow Buckeye Bo Jordan will wrestle for his first NCAA title later on this evening at 174. 

Kyle Snyder's Road to a 2nd NCAA title
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE JAKE GUNNING BUFFALO W, 25–10 (Tech Fall)
ROUND of 16 #16 GARRETT RYAN COLUMBIA W, 24–7 (Tech Fall)
QUARTERFINALS #8 MICHAEL KROELLS MINNESOTA W, 13–7
SEMIFINALS #4 JAKE KASPER DUKE W, 19–6 (Major Decision)
CHAMPIONSHIP #2 CONNOR MEDBERY WISCONSIN W, 6–3
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