By Lindsey Mechalik
Cornell Sports Information
Four-time national champion and 2012-13 Hodge Award winner Kyle Dake will remain at his alma mater as a volunteer assistant coach it was announced by head coach Rob Koll. Dake will continue to train for the Olympics while mentoring the next generation of Big Red champions.
Dake closed out his historic career this past spring with an unprecedented fourth national title in a fourth different weight classes. Prior to him, no one had won three titles in three different weight classes. He was named the inaugural Sports Illustrated Male College Athlete of the Year and was a finalist for an ESPY Award in the same category.
The first collegiate wrestler to win four national titles without taking a redshirt season and just the third athlete to claim four national titles, Dake was a three-time EIWA Wrestler of the Year. The Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA tournament in his final season, he became the third Cornell wrestler to capture that award and the first since Dave Auble in 1960. He wrapped up his amazing career with a 137-4 record, including winning his final 79 collegiate matches, and was a perfect 37-0 with 18 pins as a senior.
After the season, Dake made a run to the finals of the World Team Trials, losing in the finals to reigning Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs. He competed for Team USA at the Rumble on the Rails in New York City’s Grand Central Station and was the lone American to earn a win against Iran.