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5 things to know about Olympic wrestler Kyle Snyder ahead of Tokyo 2020

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5 things to know about Olympic wrestler Kyle Snyder ahead of Tokyo 2020

You can't describe United States Olympic wrestling without bringing up the name Kyle Snyder.

The 24-year-old is already a legend in the sport. He captured his first Olympic gold medal in 2016 while he was still college, and is a multiple-time high school and NCAA Division I champion.

Snyder looks to defend his gold medal from four years ago when he returns to the Olympics this summer in Tokyo.

Here are five things to know about Snyder.

1. Snyder was 179-0 in high school.

Yes, you read that right. 

Snyder attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md., competing in the most competitive athletic conference in the area. His domination was incredible. 

He was a winner of three Prep championships, and according to the Washington Post, only allowed one takedown over his three years. 

Snyder did not wrestle his senior year as he chose to train at the United States Olympic Training Center and competing in Junior World Championships.

2. At Ohio State, Snyder finished 75-5 with only one loss his final three seasons.

Snyder's dominance in high school directly translated to the college ranks. As a true freshman, Snyder finished 30-4, finishing runner-up to Iowa State's Kyven Gadson, who was four years older than him. The Buckeyes won the NCAA Division I team championship that season.

Over the next three years, Snyder went 45-1. He is a three-time NCAA Division I national champion.

3. Snyder won three of wrestling's most prestigious events before his 21st birthday.

At age 19, Snyder became the United States' youngest World Champion ever, taking home first place in the 2015 World Wrestling Championships. There, he defeated the reigning world champion, Russia’s Abdusalam Gadisov. 

Just weeks after that, Snyder returned to Ohio State and captured his first individual NCAA title, defeating N.C. State's Nickolos Gwiazdowski. 

He concluded his remarkable run that summer when he took home the gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio for the 97 kg. weight class.

4. President Trump appointed Snyder to the Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition in 2018.

Snyder was one of 20 members selected by the president to serve on the council.

Other notable names include former Yankees star Johnny Damon and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Mariano Rivera, Herschel Walker and Misty May-Treanor were named co-chairs of the Council.

5. Snyder left Ohio State to train with Nittany Lion Wrestling Club at Penn State this past October.

The move shocked many in the wrestling world.

Snyder, who was apparently unhappy with his third-place finish in September's World Wrestling Championships, decided to leave the program for one of its rivals.

The 2020 Olympics will be a good measure if the move paid off or not.

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