Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder made history one last time in his college career.
The 2016 Olympic gold medalist beat Michigan’s Adam Coon 3-2 to win the NCAA heavyweight title, becoming the first wrestler since Carlton Haselring in 1987-89 to win three consecutive heavyweight championships.
After a scoreless first period, Snyder got on the board with a quick escape in the second period. Coon followed suit in the third with an escape of his own. With overtime looming, Snyder got the winning takedown with 19 seconds left and held off Coon’s challenge after an escape.
“Coon’s a tough opponent, he’s real big so it’s tough to wrestle him,” Snyder said in his postmatch interview. “I’m so thankful for all the Buckeye fans who came. All glory to Jesus Christ.”
In February, Coon became the first collegiate wrestler to beat Snyder since Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson shocked him in the NCAA final in 2015 when Snyder was a freshman. But Snyder responded by beating Coon in overtime at the Big Ten Championships, and looked forward to facing him with a national championship on the line once that pairing was set.
“I’m excited about it, you know,” Snyder said after advancing to the final.” I’m not going to lie. I was hoping somebody might be able to take him out on that other side so I didn’t have to wrestle him. But now that it’s here, I always embrace the challenge. It’s going to be an epic match, round 3. First one went to Coon, second one went to Snyder, and then we’ll see what happens tomorrow night. But I feel — I know I’ll be excited. I’m ready. Body feels good. My mind is strong. I feel more confident about this match than I did the second match, and than I did the first match, and I felt confident in all three of them.”
Kyle Snyder NCAA Wrestling Championships results
No. 1 Kyle Snyder (HWT)
Round 1 | Snyder def. Ryan Soloman (Pittsburgh) | MD, 15-5
Round 2 | Snyder def. Jere Heino (Campbell) | TF, 23-8
Quarterfinals | Snyder def. No. 9 Derek White (Oklahoma State) | D, 6-3
Semifinals | Snyder def. No. 4 Jacob Kasper (Duke) | D, 10-5
Final | Snyder def. No. 2 Adam Coon (Michigan) | D, 3-2