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.


Good Counsel graduate Kyle Snyder of Ohio State wins NCAA title

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IMG 1367Good Counsel graduate & Ohio State sophomore Kyle Snyder's match-winning overtime takedown of two-time defending title winner Nick Gwiazdowski.  PHOTO COURTESY OF KYLE SNYDER

Ohio State sophomore Kyle Snyder’s double-leg takedown 25 seconds into overtime secured an upset 7-5 victory and Saturday’s 285-pound NCAA championship over two-time defending title winner Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 

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