For the first time in about three years, Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder tasted defeat this season. Snyder, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist who weighs around 220 pounds but wrestles at 285 pounds, lost to Michigan’s Adam Coon, 3-1, in a dual match in February. It was his first college loss since the 2015 season
Snyder got his revenge Sunday, defeating Coon, 4-2, in sudden victory, to win his third consecutive Big Ten individual championship.
Here's the takedown to secure Kyle Snyder's third Big Ten crown and avenge his only loss in three years. pic.twitter.com/UG0LOKxMyZ
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) March 4, 2018
WHAT A FINISH! The final match of the 2018 Big Ten Championships is won by Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder 4-2 in SV-2…Snyder wins his 3rd individual title as a Buckeye #B1GWrestle pic.twitter.com/zQHfVXKuSh
— Big Ten Wrestling (@B1GWrestling) March 4, 2018
I have so much respect for @Snyder_man45 as a competitor. He has so much grit. Congrats on the big 10 title bro!
— David Taylor (@magicman_psu) March 4, 2018
Coon entered the match with a 25-0 record, having won 11 of his matches by fall. The Michigan heavyweight will likely get a shot at Snyder once more this season, with even higher stakes — the NCAA Tournament, which begins March 15.
Snyder’s win was icing on the cake for Ohio State, which scored 164.5 team points, edging Michigan (118 points) for first place. The Buckeyes and Wolverines always seem to be at odds — even on the wrestling mat.