The Grand Prix of Spain, a wrestling meet which is considered a warm up before the World Championships in August, featured a slew of Big Ten wrestlers taking home gold.
These wrestlers were made up of both current Big Ten wrestlers, such as Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder, Penn State’s Zain Retherford and Iowa’s Thomas Gilman, as well as past wrestlers, like former Nebraska (James Green, Jordan Burroughs) and Ohio State (Logan Stieber).
Each winner with Big Ten ties won their respective weight classes, as United State wrestlers won seven of the eight possible gold medals. Six of those seven golds were won by Big Ten wrestlers.
Steiber and Snyder won the 134-pound and 213-pound weight classes, respectively. Green and Burroughs won the 154-pound and the 163-pound classes, respectively. Gilman won the 125-pound weight class, and Retherford won the 143-pound class.
It’s also notable that Borroughs, Steiber and Snyder all won their weight classes with out dropping a single point to their opponents.
Snyder won an NCAA title and Gilman was a runner-up in the 2017 NCAA Championships. Both won Big Ten titles in the 2017 Big Ten championships as well. Steiber was a three-time NCAA Champion at Ohio State (2012 ,2013, 2014), Bourroughs won two national titles (2009, 2011) at Nebraska and Green was a four-year All-American (2012-2015) as a Cornhusker.
Snyder, who was also an Olympian in 2016, and Retherford will both be senior this upcoming year at Ohio State and Penn State.
The winners in Spain will prepare for wrestling world championships next. The championships are slated to take place August 21-26, in Paris.