Good Counsel graduate Snyder signs with wrestling apparel company

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Dear WrestlingOlympic gold medalist and two-time world champion wrestler Kyle Snyder announced his decision to sign with wrestling apparel brand RUDIS on Monday in a letter entitled, "Dear Wrestling." COURTESY PHOTO  Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Kyle Snyder, a three-time NCAA champion and four-time finalist at Ohio State, signed with wresting apparel brand RUDIS on Monday.

A 22-year-old Good Counsel graduate who is considered by some to be the world’s greatest all-time amateur wrestler, Snyder’s move follows some of the sport’s preeminent names, including Dave Schultz, Kenny Monday, Brandon Slay, Cary Kolat, Lincoln McIlravy and Russ Hellickson.

“I will be wearing RUDIS equipment during all of my competitions,” said Snyder, in an e-mail response to The Sentinel. “I am competing at The World Cup April on April 7th and 8th as well as in The World Team trials on June 9th.” 

Snyder announced his decision in a letter entitled, “Dear Wrestling,” written to the sport.


Ohio State’s Snyder earns dramatic decision over archrival, wins third straight NCAA title

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Ohio State senior Kyle Snyder’s takedown with 24 seconds left secured his third straight NCAA crown with a 3-2 decision over 285-pound Adam Coon of Michigan last Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

A 22-year-old Good Counsel graduate who is considered by some to be the world’s greatest all-time amateur wrestler, Snyder, won in dramatic fashion for the second time over a two-week span against Coon, who has a record of 29-2 and was the only man to defeat Snyder this season.

Snyder, of Woodbine, reached the finals on a technical fall, a major decision and a pair of decisions to improve to 17-1 on the year, having now won two straight NCAA titles at 285 after being a runner-up as a 197-pound freshman, his 3-1 loss to the 21-year-old Coon on Feb. 11 being his first collegiately since the NCAA finals of that freshman season.

Snyder, whose parents are Steve and Tricia, is a two-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist at 213 pounds who became the first American wrestler ever to return to college after winning his Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“I’ve been blessed, and I’ve got a lot of natural gifts that I’m thankful for. It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of consistency,” said Snyder, during a video interview on


Ohio State’s Snyder avenges loss for third straight Big Ten crown in possible NCAA final preview

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Ohio State senior Kyle Snyder’s overtime takedown secured his third straight Big Ten crown with a 4-2 decision over 285-pound rival Adam Coon of Michigan, avenging last month’s loss and pacing his Buckeyes to the overall title in the two-day event on Sunday at Michigan State's Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan.

The 5-foot-11 Snyder (224 pounds) overcame a 59-pound weight disadvantage against the 6-foot-5 Coon (283), a senior who won their Feb. 11 bout 3-1 during an 18-15 dual meet triumph for Snyder’s Buckeyes.

“It wasn’t the most exciting match because there wasn’t a lot of action. I usually try go out there, shoot a ton, be really active and see what happens,” said Snyder, a two-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist at 213 pounds, according to “But with Coon, he’s just really heavy, and his leg defense has gotten better, so I have to be more strategic with what I do. A takedown in overtime is cool. It’s just about making adjustments.”


World's top wrestler Kyle Snyder could become America’s greatest ever

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IMG 3147In 2016, Kyle Snyder wins his best-of-three series over Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner.   FILE PHOTO  Ohio State senior Kyle Snyder’s been called the best wrestler on the planet, but is the 22-year-old Good Counsel graduate on pace to become the greatest of all American wrestlers?

A two-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist at 213 pounds who has won two straight NCAA titles at 285 after being a 197-pound runner-up as a freshman, Snyder, of Woodbine, has secured his place in that conversation with last Sunday’s performance in the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Snyder (213 pounds) overcame a 1-0 deficit for a 4-1 decision over the host country’s Rasul Magomedov, becoming the first American man to earn a second gold medal in an event touted as the world’s most difficult open tournament, according to the USA Wrestling website.

A winner of last year’s final against Magomedov, whom he pinned in 5:02 of their initial bout, Snyder was named the tournament’s Best Foreign Wrestler.

“Wrestling has taught me a lot, and I have been blessed to learn from some great teachers and role models from within the sport,” Snyder told The Sentinel on Wednesday. “It is important to me to have a role in teaching others about the correct way to think about competition in training. I think that helps grow the sport and make it more entertaining.”


Kyle Snyder takes his second straight title

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Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder made it look easy, but it wasn’t.

The Buckeyes junior overcame a rib injury to win his final three of five matches as well as vanquish an opponent who had 38 pounds on him en route to earning his second straight NCAA title at 285 pounds on Sunday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, where the Good Counsel graduate’s crowning achievement was a 6-3 decision over Wisconsin’s Connor Medberry.

A reigning World Champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Woodbine, Snyder improved his record on the year to 17-0 and his collegiate winning streak to 33-0 and led his Buckeyes to a runner-up finish to Penn State, winner of its second straight crown and sixth in the past seven years under coach Cael Sanderson.

“It was a lot of fun. I love competing in that environment on the big stage in front of huge crowds. I receive tons of support from Ohio State and Buckeye Nation,” said Snyder, 21, who reached the finals on a pair of technical falls, a decision and a major decision.


Snyder comes up perfect

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Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder came up with the perfect ending to the Buckeyes’ rout of the University of Maryland at Good Counsel, where the NCAA and world champion Ohio State closed the show in dominant fashion on Sunday. 

Snyder won the early evening’s final match for the 285-pound class by 22-7 technical fall over sophomore Youssif Hemida, improving to 7-0 with five pins on the year as the Buckeyes (8-0 overall, 4-0 league) handled the Terps, 30-12, in a Big Ten Conference match before a sold-out crowd of 1,200.

“(This was a) pretty cool opportunity that not a lot of college athletes get to have, so thank you, guys, very much,” said Snyder, 21, a Woodbine resident, according to the Buckeyes’ athletic department. “I see a lot of faces that I know that I haven't seen in a while. You guys look good. Thank you. I appreciate it.”


Maroulis and Snyder bring home to MoCo Olympian Gold

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IMG 0561Helen Maroulis shows her form at Magruder High School that led to her making history as the first U.S.A. female Gold Medal wrestler. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH 

Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder, both Montgomery County natives, both brought home gold medals for the county after their victories in the 2016 Olympics.

The Rockville-native Maroulis won the first-ever Olympic gold medal for an American woman wrestler while Snyder also set a first in the Olympics, becoming the youngest gold medalist in U.S. wrestling history.

“I’ll tell you what stuck out: her tenaciousness and the fact that she was such a good student of the sport,” said Kelly Ward, a native of Silver Spring and an undefeated station champion wrestler for John F. Kennedy High School in the 1970s who briefly coached Maroulis as a kid at the Naval Academy.


2016 will go down in history as Maryland Gold!

As far as I’m concerned, the 2016 Rio Olympics will go down in history as the Maryland Olympics.

Athletes from the Old Line State dominated the field particularly in the sport of swimming, wrestling and basketball.

Ten athletes with Maryland ties helped the state earn 20 medals this year including 16 gold.


County stars Kyle Snyder, Helen Maroulis win U.S. Olympic trials

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IMG 3110Helen Maroulis of Rockville wins her best-of-three finals over Whitney Conder of Colorado Springs, CO in the US Olympic trials.  PHOTO BY DAN ZOTTARELLIKyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis attended high schools in Montgomery County that are minutes apart, and they are separated in age by four years.

But they share an insatiable passion for wrestling, titles as world champions in that sport, and as of Sunday, honors as champions in the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials held at the University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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