Kyle Snyder’s Big Ten final was a coronation both for himself and his Ohio State team.
The top-seeded Snyder took down No. 2 Connor Medbery of Wisconsin in the heavyweight final, winning 8-5. A gold medalist at the 2016 Olympics, Snyder has not lost this season at the NCAA level. He also won a Big Ten title and NCAA title last year as a sophomore.
His win gave him a conference title, but it also piled on as Ohio State won its second team title in the last three years. Before tying with Iowa in 2015, Ohio State’s most recent Big Ten title came in 1951. The tie with Iowa ended a 64-year drought, but now the Buckeyes can celebrate by themselves.
“If you would have asked anybody before the tournament started, I think few people would have said we would have won,” Snyder said. “But we knew it. We believed in ourselves. We’ve had the guys all season. It’s just about wrestling to your potential and getting the most out of yourselves. When our guys do that, including myself, we can beat any team in the country for sure.”
Medbery certainly kept Snyder busy in a fight that was rarely in doubt but was close from a score perspective.
His win came just minutes after Kollin Moore claimed the individual title at 197 pounds to clinch the team title for the Buckeyes. After losing to him in the regular season, Moore beat No. 1 seed Brett Pfarr of Minnesota, 15-11.
Think Kollin Moore's win might've clinched it for Ohio State wrestling pic.twitter.com/H7Tpb1svNR
— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) March 5, 2017
Moore is a redshirt freshman and burst onto the scene in impressive fashion.
“I just follow the people around me in the room,” Moore said. “Guys like Myles (Martin), Kyle (Snyder), Logan (Stieber), Nate (Tomasello) and Tervel (Dlagnev), they all lead by example and they’re awesome guys to be around. If you stick with them and do what they do, good things will happen.”
Kollin Moore results
First Round: Moore technical fall over Jacob Hinz (Indiana) 19-2
Quarterfinals: Moore decision over No. 7 Cash Wilcke (Iowa) 10-5
Semifinals: Moore decision over No. 3 Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska) 10-8
Final: Moore decision over No. 1 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) 15-11
Kyle Snyder results
Quarterfinals: Snyder technical fall over Razohnn Gross (Rutgers) 26-9
Semifinals: Snyder decision over No. 4 Michael Kroells (Minnesota) 14-7
Final: Snyder decision over No. 2 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) 8-5