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.
“There is nothing I can do to completely return all that you have given me,” said Snyder, a two-time World Champion and an Olympic gold medalist at 213 pounds and the first American wrestler ever to return to college after winning his Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
“I know that you deserve greatness. I know that you deserve more. Every choice I make is a reflection of you, and this decision is no different. Your stories deserve to be told by someone who knows you, understands you, believes in you, and comes from you.”
Snyder, of Woodbine, secured a takedown with 24 seconds left for a 3-2 decision and his third straight NCAA crown at 285 pounds, doing so against 285-pound Adam Coon of Michigan last month at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
An NCAA runner-up as a 197-pound freshman and a three-time Big Ten champion, Snyder’s parents are Steve and Tricia, and his younger brother, Kevin, joined him at Ohio State last year, redshirting at 197 pounds before serving in a reserve role this year behind his sibling.
The Snyders guided Good Counsel to private school state titles in 2013 and 2016. Kevin earned a private schools state title, a fifth-place finish at National Preps and helped the Falcons to win their second private schools state title during a tremendous 2015-16 season.
As a Good Counsel junior in 2013, Kyle won his third straight private schools states and National Preps Tournament crowns during an undefeated (179-0) high school career, one that culminated with the Falcons winning the program’s first-ever private schools state championship.
After twice earning Wrestler of the Year honors, Snyder spent his high school senior season training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, later finishing as a redshirt freshman NCAA runner-up in March 2015.