A fan of Ohio State wrestling likely would have been more shocked if either of these two didn't win gold at the Spain Grand Prix, but that doesn't mean this feat isn't impressive.
Rising senior Kyle Snyder (97 kg) and Buckeye legend Logan Stieber (61 kg) took home gold at the Spain Grand Prix in Madrid this morning. Stieber, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, won all four of his matches without surrendering a single point and ultimately taking down his opponents by an aggregate score of 39-0.
You know what the only thing more impressive than that is? Snyder beating all four of his opponents by an aggregate of 40-0.
Snyder will be the No. 1 seeded wrestler for World Championships Aug. 21-26 in Paris and Stieber figures to be seeded pretty high, especially after an impressive showing at this Grand Prix.
The U.S. ultimately had seven gold medalists to cap off an impressive tournament in which the roster went 25-0 with 17 technical falls and four pins.
As you may already know, Snyder has quite the resume: youngest Olympic Gold medalist in U.S. wrestling history, youngest World Champion ever, two-time NCAA champion, winner of the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix and Pan American Championships earlier this year and a ton more. Add a gold at the 2017 Spain Grand Prix to that list.
Stieber, of course, was a four-time NCAA champion in his time at Ohio State, a feat which has been accomplished only four times ever. Even Snyder, who most Buckeye fans will get behind as the best wrestler in the world lost his NCAA Championships match in his freshman go-around (although he was wrestling in the 197-pound weight class that season).