Kyle Snyder Coming To Castleton, Vermont Wrestler Exclusive
Remember you heard it here first – Kyle Snyder is coming to Castleton University for a wrestling camp July 9th. Coach ScottLegacy called to inform me of the news and what news! Ladies and Gentlemen, you’d better reserve your spot now because this one will go fast. This is something only Hall of Fame Coach Scott Legacy could pull off
Last year Coach Legacy had NCAA Champ Gabe Dean at Castleton for a very successful camp. That’s a hard act to follow as Dean is a crowd favorite and very popular with younger wrestlers. This however, is totally off the charts! I caught up with Coach Legacy to get his thoughts…..
How did you get Kyle Snyder to come to Castleton?
I contacted Kyle and talked with him about Castleton, my past history and people that we both know and have in common. I explained to him what my goals were to have him come to Vermont and Castleton University.
What does it mean to Castleton and wrestling to have KS come to Vermont?
I think this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring in someone as famous as Kyle is in the wrestling world right now. His list of accomplishments speak for themselves, but what impressed me the most about him is the passion he has for wrestling. As far as what this means to Castleton University. We are very excited to have Kyle Snyder step foot on our campus.
Is this part of a larger plan to promote Vermont Wrestling. Just something short and sweet?
We have said from the beginning that we see ourselves at Castleton as “ambassadors” leaders to wrestling not only in Vermont, but to the surrounding areas. We are hoping we can make wrestling better through our programs and college wrestlers.
Snyder, 2X NCAA Champion and Olympic and World Champion, is one of the most feared and respected
wrestlers in the world today. His accomplishments are nothing short of amazing!
The Following is his Bio from the Ohio State Wrestling Website
• Olympic gold medalist (97kg) at the 2016 Rio Summer Games
• Youngest Olympic and World champion in United States wrestling history
• Two-time Sr. World Team member
• NCAA Champion (285 lbs. 2016, 2017)
• Big Ten Champion (285 lbs. 2016, 2017)
• NCAA and Big Ten finalist (197 lbs. 2015)
• All-American (197 lbs. 2015; 285 lbs. 2016, 2017)
• Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year (2016, 2017)
• Dan Hodge Trophy finalist (2016, 2017)
• NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler (2016)
• AAU Sullivan Award finalist (2017)
• Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar Athlete (2015, 2016, 2017)
• CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large (2017)
• Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-American (2017)
• NWCA Academic All-American (2015, 2016, 2017)
• Finished with a perfect 17-0 record, winning both the Big Ten and NCAA titles at heavyweight
• Defeated No. 2-ranked Connor Medbery of Wisconsin in both the Big Ten and NCAA finals
• Averaged 7.1 takedowns and 15.7 points/match
• Scored over 19 points/match in the 13 that didn’t end in a pin
• Outscored the No. 3 and No. 4-ranked heavyweights by a combined score of 39-17 in regular season dual
• Won by technical fall in the first and second round of the NCAA Championships and major decision in the semifinals
• In his season debut, defeated No. 4 Tanner Hall of Arizona State 20-8, becoming the first-ever American Olympic champion to return to wrestle in a collegiate match
• 13 of his 17 wins came via bonus points (five technical falls, four major decisions, four falls)
• Won the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in January, considered to be the toughest open tournament in the world
• 9-0 against ranked opponents, averaging over 14 points/match in those bouts
• Became the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in United States history when he won a gold medal at the Rio Games
• First active Buckeye student-athlete to win gold since Jerry Lucas (basketball) 1960
• Second Buckeye wrestler in history to medal at the Olympics and first in 92 years
• Capped a 12-month span that included a World championship, Big Ten and NCAA titles and the Olympic gold medal
• Returned from a planned redshirt year in January and went 11-0 with a Big Ten and NCAA championship
• Ohio State’s Male Athlete of the Year
• Most Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships
• In a memorable 285 lb. final, defeated two-time defending champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State 7-5 in SV-1
• Topped No. 1 seed Adam Coon of Michigan 7-4 in the Big Ten finals
• Finalist for the Dan Hodge Trophy
• Scored 20 points or more in seven of 11 matches and averaged 18.7 points/match
• Made his 2016 debut vs. Nebraska, topping Collin Jensen 20-9 to clinch the Buckeyes’ dual meet victory
• Became the youngest World Champion in USA wrestling history, topping defending champ Abdusalam Gadisov of Russia in the goal medal match, 6-5
• Ranked No. 1 in the UWW freestyle world rankings (97kg)
• U.S. Open champion
• U.S. Team Trials champion
• Pan Am Games champion
• Defeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner three times (twice at U.S. Team Trails, once at U.S. Open)
• Was dominant on his way to the Pan Am Games title, outscoring opponents 31-1
• All-American and NCAA finalist at 197 pounds
• Big Ten runner up
• Was 30-4 overall with a team-high 15 major decisions
• Went 15-1 in dual meets and 8-1 against Big Ten foes
• In the NCAA semifinals, won by decision over defending champion J’Den Cox of Missouri
• Edged Minnesota’s Scott Schiller 3-2 in the quarterfinals
• Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (Feb. 10) following his 3-1 win over Schiller to clinch Ohio State’s 22-13 dual meet win over the Gophers
• USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week (Feb. 10)
• Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie team
• Won 12 straight matches from Jan. 11-March 8
• Michigan State Open champion and third place at the CKLV Invitational
PRIOR TO OHIO STATE
• Trained at the Olympic Training Center
• Overall No. 1 ranked wrestler and top recruit
• A three-time Maryland national prep champion and a Junior World Champion
• Amassed a 179-0 record in his first three years of high school before becoming the youngest American in over 20 years to win a FILA Junior World championship in August 2013
• During his 179-0 run during his first three years of high school, Snyder only gave up a single takedown
• Undefeated in what are considered the top-three toughest high school wrestling tournaments in America, Snyder won the Walsh Jesuit Ironman twice, Beast of the East three-times, and Powerade once.