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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 Trackwrestling.com. “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.”

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Kevin Snyder continues brother Kyle’s wrestling legacy, elevating sport in Maryland

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Ohio State’s Kevin Snyder had just fallen short of an 8-1 decision to Maryland’s 285-pound junior Youssif Hemida, whose triumph prevented his Terps from being shutout in last Friday’s 45-3 Big Ten Conference loss to the Buckeyes at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center College Park.

Snyder’s setback came against a wrestler who, a year earlier, was dominated by older brother Kyle Snyder, a world-renowned senior who has twice won world championships, an Olympic gold medal and two straight NCAA titles after being a runner-up as a freshman. 

But neither those accomplishments nor the loss were of consequence to Kevin Snyder in the immediate aftermath. All that mattered to the redshirt freshman were the several surrounding navel- and chest-high boys who encircled him for selfies and autographs.

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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.”

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