Kyle Snyder Upends ‘Russian Tank’ Abdulrashid Sadulaev to Earn Second World Championship

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OSUBias's picture

Wrestlboom! Congrats, that is spectacular!

Braving the long dark of the offseason

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SilverState's picture

Wrestlboom! 

"There's still some green showing before you see the chalk."

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SoulPatrol32's picture

Got to put him up with Jesse Owens as the best athlete OSU has ever had. 

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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Knarcisi's picture

We're watching a legend in the making. 

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chemicalwaste's picture

Absolutely. It should be well known that this isn't even an exaggeration.

Ignorance isn't bliss for the rest of us.

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CC's picture

The legend is already made.

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Knarcisi's picture

Wait til he puts another 10 years or so on top of what he's already done. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Dude from Russia was completely gassed

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Andy Vance's picture

He really was - for about a second I was worried that Kyle had run out of gas, but then he turned it on and Sadulaev was clearly toast.

Elks' comb over's picture

Boom for Curt

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

This is a triumph worthy of Rocky Balboa.

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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Barfolomew's picture

If I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Kyle won it for:

Team USA

Himself

Buckeye Nation 

CURT HEINRICKS

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Seattle Linga's picture

That single picture says so much to me. It Never gets old. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Andy Vance's picture

The best there was, the best there is, the best there ever will be!!!

Macke777's picture

Damn straight! Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!

Ohio State: The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.

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buckslan's picture

HUGE news!! I'll admit that I'm not the closest follower of all things wrestling, but Kyle Snyder has to be one of the best wrestlers in the history of the sport, right?

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Desymond's picture

He's getting up there. It's tough to go just off metrics, because there are wrestlers who won 4 NCAA championships, which Snyder can't do since he took second his freshman year. If he wins gold in the next Olympics he is instantly a top wrestler of all time. I think John Smith and Bruce Baumgartner are the only other Americans to have multiple golds. 

Where do people think he ranks in terms of all time OSU athletes? He's got to be at least top 5. Archie, Jesse Owens, Jack Nicklaus, and ??? 

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AnnArborsBuckeye's picture

Katie Smith and Orlando Pace are up there as well.

Get dumped then

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Cael Sanderson may be the best to ever wrestle. 

Cael Norman Sanderson (/ˈkeɪl/ KALE; born June 20, 1979) is an American college wrestling icon who rose to prominence while at Iowa State University. He is currently the head wrestling coach of Penn State University. He is considered one of the best American amateur wrestlers in recent history. A 2004 Olympic champion in Athens, Greece, he went undefeated in four years of college wrestling at Iowa State University (159–0), winning four consecutive NCAA titles (1999–2002). He is the only wrestler in NCAA Division I history to go undefeated in official matches with more than 100 wins. Sports Illustrated named his college career as the second most impressive college sports feat behind the setting of four world records by Jesse Owens in a single hour at the 1935 Big Ten track and field conference championship meet.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cael_Sanderson

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Andy Vance's picture

Lord knows he's building an incredible coaching legacy, too, with 6 NCAA titles under his belt so far.

As a competitor, I think if Snyder pulls down another world or Olympic title, there's a real argument to be made that Snyder is the top dog. He's the top 97kg wrestler in the world three years running, with two NCAA titles to boot; he'll likely finish his collegiate career with three, plus at least three world/Olympic titles to Sanderson's single gold.

NavyBuckeye91's picture

It sucks that Snyder finished second at the NCAAs as a freshman. On the world stage, it's hard to argue against Snyder.

Sanderson's undefeated streak in college, though, is ridiculous.  Only Edwin Moses comes close to that level of perfection in my mind.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Andy Vance's picture

These conversations are always fun, because it's hard to compare Snyder to someone like Dan Gable, for example, who likewise had a crazy collegiate and international career, but who couldn't wrestle his freshman year because NCAA rules - as with football - didn't allow freshman on the varsity squad at that point. But Sanderson's NCAA accomplishments, yeah, those speak for themselves.

Desymond's picture

Would Snyder have some insane winning streak in college too though, if he solely wrestled for OSU? He'd probably be 60-0ish, and after this year 90-0ish. I think it's more impressive to have like a 98% win rate at the highest level than to stay in college and beat up on (relative) chumps. Sanderson may have been on top longer, but Snyder's peak has been higher. 

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buckslan's picture

While going perfect in college is indeed amazing, as you can't really do any better than that, but Kyle Snyder is wrestling and beating the best the world has to offer, and he still hasn't wrestled in his senior year of college. To me that's just jaw dropping. How can a guy that's still in college, beat the best wrestlers that the country of Russia and any other country have to offer.

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

He is no doubt awesome, and his college career is second to none, but on the international stage Snyder has him beat.  

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yepiwentthere's picture

When it comes to his international record Kyle has already exceeded Sanderson at the age of 21. Cael Sanderson's collegiate record is amazing but you have to remember the undefeated record is not 100% percent accurate, Cael wrestled as a true freshmen and lost a match. Then he took a redshirt year. Snyder wrestled as true freshmen and only lost in NCAA championship match his true freshmen year. If kyle goes undefeated this year, then I'd consider him every bit as good as Sanderson at the collegiate level.

Furthermore, I point out that Kyle regularly gives up 40-50 lbs a match. As brutal as Kyle has been the last two years in college he would be even more effective it he wrestled in a weight class closer to his true weight. If there was a 215lb weight class in college, I doubt few wrestlers would last the full match.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

If you are talking American wrestlers, you have two benchmarks...

Dominance....John Smith won 6 consecutive golds (2 Olympic & 4 World) before retiring at the age of 27. 

Career excellence....Bruce Baumgartner is a four time Olympic medalist (2 golds) & nine time world medalist (3 golds).

Jordan Burroughs is moving into the conversation. He now has four world titles & a gold medal.

Lee Kemp is right there as well. Three time world champion, probable gold medalist in 1980 without the boycott. 

Dan Gable's '72 Olympic title run is among the greatest of all time. He won gold without surrendering a point, with an injured knee (and received stitches in his scalp after the first match). His international career just wasn't long enough.

If you go by 'best wrestlers' in the world? There are a whole bunch of Russians/Soviets in the conversation.

When it is all said and down, Snyder is almost certainly going to be in the conversation among greatest American wrestlers. Hell the way he's going he could have a Karelin-like dominance.

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Buckeye1996's picture

Holy smokes. What an epic win. Snyder is a monster!!

"Most Noahs have two of everything, he's got four tonight" - Gus Johnson on Noah Brown's 4 TD catches against Oklahoma.

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SFlaBuckeye13's picture

Boom! I hope to see Kyle transition to mma one day and follow the late great Kevin Randleman.

The world is yours

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Seattle Linga's picture

It was mentioned during the match that pound for pound the winner would be ................... the Worlds Best Wrestler Hands Down.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Elks' comb over's picture

Wait, I thought it was Kyle Synder?

Earle’s target practice

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RBurgundy4's picture

Amazing match to watch. Back and forth. Snyder's stamina and will won the day. Dude is some kinda great.

#CalpoppyStrong

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Yenots11's picture

Go Bucks!! 

"Aut viam inveniam aut faciam!"

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TJG32's picture

An AMAZING feat!  So proud!

TG Proud Buckeye alumnus.

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BluntedBrutus's picture

Awesome

"Conversely, Urban Meyer and his players are an unstoppable army of football automatons that feel no emotion and win in any and every setting."

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GoBuckeyes1020's picture

Incredible talent! Can he play the 1 technique?

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

This is awesome - I would also like to thank the dick MOD for deleting my posts on the win even though my post was prior to theirs

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ITWASME's picture

I mean there was also another wrestling thread started this morning about the whole event that may have had something to do with it

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

I could understand that.   However, how many multiple topics are posted about a single game during the football season.  The thread was about going for the gold.  My thread was saying he and the USA won.  Guess we will only one thread if it discusses the playoff championships this year b/c it is related.

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ITWASME's picture

Yeah I see where you're coming from there. I am just willing to bet that the other thread was what caused yours to be shut down and not the staff article. Also game multiple threads for games are usually needed because of the sheer amount of comments

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

With that said - it was an awesome win - similar storyline has not happened since Kenny Monday beat another gold medalist from Russia in the World Championships in 1989 when the Russian moved up to wrestle him.   

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ITWASME's picture

Sure was a hell of a feat on Snyder's part. Ain't no doubt about that

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RBurgundy4's picture

Don't take it personally. It's standard for staff-generated content to take priority over any reader posts. You're not the first, and won't be the last.

#CalpoppyStrong

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

Oh well -  Now I wonder how many are going to make it to the NCAA finals this year in Cleveland.   

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CowCat's picture

Terrific win for Kyle, our school and the country!

Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh lit the cake at the annual "remember the 1890's" party.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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NHBuckeye's picture

BOOM!!!!!   

Congrats Kyle!!!!  

Fields of Dreams

 

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Cruiser79's picture

Incredible match! Kyle Snyder= G.O.A.T.

Cruiser79

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GoBuckeyes1020's picture

I can't find the video......someone please help!

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

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GoBuckeyes1020's picture

Thank you!!!! What a match. Dude is a beast

The pain of discipline or the pain of regret, take your pick

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Elks' comb over's picture

No politics!

Earle’s target practice

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Floyd Stahl's picture

This guy is an absolute stud.

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Keyser Soze's picture

Way to go Kyle!! Amazingly you continue to get better and better we are so lucky to have you as a member of OSU and the USA national team. 

Kyle was too powerful for Sadulaev, in the last minute all his pushing and heavy hands left the rooskie just drained of all will to win. He used to be the best, but made the mistake to move up in weight and doesn't have the pure weight for 97k. I suspect he will go back down to 86k and dominate again.

This is soo frickin sweet, I have been taking a ton of shit from a bunch of russians since Sadulaev moved up to 97k saying how Kyle was going to be crushed, how he didn't have the power to beat the russian bear and so on. I'm sure all I will hear is crickets when I go on Youtube to ask them how silver tastes!!!

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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Keyser Soze's picture

Thanks for changing it from upset!! 

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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Seattle Linga's picture
The Man ........... The Myth ............. The Legend

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Hal Lancer's picture
Granny Klump approves and has a message for the Russian Tank:
Outstanding, Kyle!!
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brutus0717's picture

He's starting to approach "greatest wrestler of all time" territory. Congrats Kyle! You've definitely earned it!!

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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buckguyfan1's picture

Champ... That is all.

Simplify...

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gutterwaste's picture

"Meh, I'm not impressed. He only wrestled that Russian dude cause he's scared of me"--Jacob Casper

Almost seems unfair that he'll be wrestling against collegiate competition this year

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allbucksallthetime's picture

The things Kyle Snyder have accomplished in wrestling are simply amazing and legendary.  Kyle isn't just beating men in his age range but mature men with a lifetime of experience.  Kyle could be well on his way to being the G.O.A.T!

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Desymond's picture

How did Stieber do? I know he was in wrestlebacks, but can't find final standings. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Not well - he got beat pretty bad early but I honestly didn't hear after that match.

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Keyser Soze's picture

He got tech falled the won big and got tech falled again. It wasn't his day at all. Logie has a little way to go until he can beat the top 3 in the world his weight class, I know he won world championship last year but it was in olympic year so the top guys didn't participate 

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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Andy Vance's picture

Today's installment of "Tweets That Did Not Age Well" visits a small hamlet in Dagestan:

Keep in mind that this isn't a verified account, so it's possible that this isn't the Russian Tank after all, but dang it's funny nonetheless.

Also, @11W probably got the Russian wrestler exiled to Siberia or sent to a Soviet reeducation program with this Tweet...

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

I'm still suspicious of every Russian athlete after it has been clearly discovered that their doping program has a history that goes back to the 60s without pause... I still can't believe they were allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics even after WADA found them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to their doping program.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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KBonay's picture

Listen, I am not in the business of defending dopers and Russia in particular.  But you have to know the full story here.  Meldonium is the substance that most failed/tested positive for.  It was not a banned substance until Jan 1, 2016.  If an athlete was taking it up until the ban date (it is legal in all Eastern Bloc countries) it could/was still in their system if tested shortly after.  Which was the case with some (not saying all) athletes.  Do I feel sorry for them?  No, not at all.  But can I understand why some may have tested positive?  Sure.  In sports where hundredths of a second (like swimming) can be the difference between Gold and a handshake, athletes will continue to push the envelope for an advantage.  And it's easy to pick on Russian athletes.  But we've never walked a day in their shoes.  To know what pressure their government puts on them. I am just thankful I live in a free country where I make my own choices.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2017/08/24/wada-sees-sign...

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cdub4's picture

Meldonium is the substance that most FAILED tests for. That is most certainly not the only drug the Russians have been taking over the years KBONAY. There is an awesome documentary I just watched this week, recommended by an 11W poster, about the drug program in Russia, and how many drugs their athletes were taking. State supported cheating, with blood and urine testing to ensure their athletes wouldn't fail a test. And if they did, they had the means to switch the tests out, at least in one Olympics.

https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/08/03/how-a-documentary-about-russian-...

Remember most drug cheats don't get caught. It goes a lot deeper than meldonium over there.

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Netflix has it - titled ICARUS - They don't mention melonium but more about protocols to get around testing

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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Seattle Linga's picture

Andy - thanks for retweeting those - if true is so fitting how things ended the way they did. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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old grizzled veteran's picture

Congratulations !!!  Great Accomplishment !!  GO BUCKS for LIFE !!!

old griz veteran

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Fatpants's picture

Russian tank, you say?

PG <3 PG

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BuckeyeRy4's picture

A-10 Thunderbolt. The irreplaceable jet airplane.

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Fatpants's picture

Designed from the ground up to consume Russian tanks 

PG <3 PG

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

...and wouldn't have lasted 15 minutes if the balloon went up in the Fulda gap.

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

It is amazing - Six world titles including Olympics between them and both 21 years old.  

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Knarcisi's picture

One word for Snyder:

Conditioning 

If you notice, he always outgasses his opponent. 

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

OUTSTANDING Kyle!  Congrats on the massively huge win and thank you for representing the USA and THE Ohio State University in such a glorious fashion!  The Buckeye Nation is filled with pride for kicking ass against the Russians!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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HENRYJONESJR's picture

BEST TWEET

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GOOMBAY's picture

This GIF's propriety is limitless.

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KBonay's picture

It's worthy of a bookmark

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Crumb's picture

Dude is only 21?!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Ca114fire's picture

He has brought Buckeye Nation more pride and worldwide recognition than any national championship in football could ever do. At 21. One. Single. Man. Don't get more legendary than that!

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CC's picture

Anyone know how to watch this in the US?

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BuckeyeRy4's picture

Congrats, Kyle. Thanks for bringing attention to the greatest sport. Thanks for doing it for America, and as a Buckeye!

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Sudalaev wrestled a fantastic match, he deserves all the accolades he's received. Kid is a serious stud, the match shows just how hard it is to give up weight to a top level competitor.

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Knarcisi's picture

If he were a real champion, he would have pinned him, especially with all those world champion wrestlers around him. 

 - Buckeye Jack 

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Logged in just to upvote this Knar. That. Was. Perfect. 

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buckeyeinWI's picture

Congrats Kyle!  Well done...

GO BUCKEYES!

16-2 is SWEET!

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simpsonlegal's picture

He is just flipping amazing.  Truly a great one.  Perhaps the greatest at his position.  Another literal golden age for OSU.

Thanks

Michael Simpson

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Hovenaut's picture

Saw a few, ahem, "threads" pop up yesterday while I was on the run. 

Here with my proper respects - outstanding. 

Congratulations to Kyle Snyder, and to the United States on taking the team title. 

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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analyticalguy's picture

I've never been a wrestling fan, but Snyder seems to be a beast.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

Astounding accomplishment! Great honors to Kyle Snyder and Team USA. Makes me proud to be both and American and (especially) a Buckeye!

Go Bucks.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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Seattle Linga's picture

Still basking in the glory of that match from yesterday.

Morning GTH

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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silvermedal's picture

Awesome accomplishment Kyle Snyder.  The late Curt Heinrichs smiled from the heavens.  

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silvermedal's picture

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Buckeyebison's picture

Kyle Snyder is first wrestler in history to win 3 world championships while in college.  

Kyle Snyder is the youngest American to win the world championship at age of 19.

Kyle Snyder is the youngest American to win Olympic gold at age of 20.

Kyle Snyder may be the first wrestler and possibly the only one in the history of centuries to win 4 world championships during the college.  He has to win one more next year.

Congratulations to Kyle for his incredible win against the Russian Tank who lost only one in his senior international career (to Kyle!).

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