Former Ohio State Wrestler Kyle Snyder Becomes First-Ever American to Win Three Yariguin Grand Prix Titles

By Dan Hope on January 30, 2022 at 12:51 pm
Kyle Snyder after his 2018 Yariguin gold

Kyle Snyder has made history again.

With an 8-3 win over Russian wrestler Shamil Musaev in Sunday’s 97kg finals, Snyder became the first-ever wrestler from the United States to win three titles at the Yariguin Grand Prix, which many consider to be the world’s toughest international wrestling tournament.

Snyder, who previously became the youngest American winner of the Yariguin in 2017 and the first American man to win two Yariguin titles in 2018, adds a third Yariguin gold to his long list of accomplishments that also includes Olympic gold (2016) and silver (2020) medals and three NCAA heavyweight championships (2016, 2017, 2018) during his Ohio State career.

Snyder, who now wrestles professionally for Penn State’s Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, was the only American man to win gold at this year’s Yariguin. Two American women also won gold: Helen Marulis (57kg) and Patricia Bruntil (65kg).

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