Buckeye wrestling legend Kyle Snyder occupies some rarified air as the youngest Olympic gold medalist and youngest World Champion in American wrestling history. The three-time NCAA champion is one of the most-decorated Ohio State alumni in school history, having won three-consecutive world freestyle titles during his time as a student-athlete.
A 2018 graduate, Snyder continues to train in Columbus at the Ohio Regional Training Center, where he trains with current Buckeyes on a regular basis, including redshirt freshman heavyweight Chase Singletary, Snyder's successor on the roster.
In the first of a two-part interview, Snyder talked with two-time NCAA champion and current UFC competitor Ben Askren about his experience as a youth wrestler, including his recruitment and commitment to wrestle for Tom Ryan's program in Columbus. The interview also covers Snyder's experiences as a Buckeye, including the shocking end to his freshman season in the NCAA Finals.
Snyder's next big tournament is the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix, where he is the defending champion at 97 kg, and where Team USA will hope to have a strong showing this year, as the Yarygin will be the first United World Wrestling ranking series event of the year.
Unfortunately, Snyder vs. Sadulaev Part 3 won't happen in Krasnoyarsk as expected.
Fans who want to watch the Yarygin did get some good news this week, as FloSports announced Thursday that it had reached an agreement with UWW to provide live and on-demand coverage of the UWW Ranking Series events through 2020 on FloWrestling.com. Flo subscribers ($$) can watch Snyder and his Team USA teammates kick off their journey to the 2019 World Championships at the Ivan Yariguin Jan. 24-27.