Ohio State Names Kyle Snyder and Kelsey Mitchell As Athletes of the Year

By 11W Staff on June 25, 2018 at 12:39 pm
Kelsey Mitchell and Kyle Snyder

Ohio State named former women's basketball star Kelsey Mitchell and former heavyweight and national champion wrestler Kyle Snyder as its 2017-18 Athletes of the Year on Monday.

Mitchell is the 11th women's basketball player to earn the honor. Snyder extended the wrestling team's streak to five straight Male Athletes of the Year and is the first three-time Athlete of the Year in university history.

Mitchell finished as the program's first four-time All-American and the NCAA's second all-time leading scorer with 3,402 points. She added 497 career three-pointers, which is 56 more than any other player in NCAA women's basketball history. The Indiana Fever selected her No. 2 overall in the 2018 WNBA Draft.

Snyder is one of the most accomplished collegiate wrestlers in history. He is the only American to finish college as a three-time NCAA champion, Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion.

Snyder went 17-1 in a senior year that included seven wins over nationally ranked opponents. He capped his season by getting revenge on the only man to beat him in the regular season, Adam Coon of Michigan, in the NCAA finals.

Both Mitchell and Snyder are now eligible to win Big Ten Athlete of the Year.

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