photo courtesy of Jim Thrall; MatFocus.com
This afternoon, two-time World Champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder took to social media to announce a significant change to his training regiment. Snyder will now train out of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club at Penn State. A four-year All-American and three-time national champion for Ohio State, Kyle had stayed in Columbus and wrestled out of the Ohio RTC since his collegiate career as a Buckeye concluded.
With the 2020 Olympics less than a year away and Snyder now going two years in a row without a world championship, he thought this would be the right time to “take advantage of additional thinking and incorporating that into my wrestling.” Last year, Kyle made the world finals and was pinned by Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia), the same opponent that he defeated for gold in 2017. Last month, at the World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Snyder fell in the semifinals to former world and Olympic champion Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan).
Of course, leaving his alma mater and his longtime coaches was no easy task, but Snyder stated, “I take this responsibility as serious as I can. I recognize that in order for me to climb to the pinnacle I must improve. I have chosen to take advantage of the learning available at the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club”.