Kyle Snyder had and injury scare Friday morning, but it didn’t stop the Ohio State star from winning yet another NCAA championship.
Snyder, the defending heavyweight NCAA champion and only Olympic gold medalist in the nation, shook off concern about a rib injury and defeated Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery in the title match Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis.
The top-seeded Snyder defeated 2-seed Medbery, 6-3, in the final. He also beat Medbery in the Big Ten Championship.
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The scare happened during a quarterfinals match against Minnesota’s Michael Kroells. Snyder finished off a 13-7 decision, but was clearly in pain and quickly left the match area in the Scottrade Center.
Snyder said he took a shot to numb the pain in his ribs Friday night, and dominated his semifinal match. He beat Jacob Kasper from Duke with a 19-6 major decision despite the injury.
He also controlled the final match against Newbery from the start, building a 6-1 lead and then fending off a late challenge to claim his second straight national championship.