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On Jan. 22, five months after he won an Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and became the most accomplished young wrestler in U.S. history, The Ohio State University wrestler Kyle Snyder came home to compete against the University of Maryland in front of a sellout crowd of 1,200 at his alma mater, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.
While at Good Counsel, Snyder emerged as the top recruit in the country after achieving a 179-0 record.
During his recruitment, Ohio State’s wrestling coach Tom Ryan promised that the Buckeyes would wrestle a home meet at Good Counsel during Snyder’s four years at the university.
Prior to the match, Kyle kept busy signing autographs, taking pictures, offering media interviews, gathering with family and friends, including Good Counsel graduates Jhared Simmons and Adam Whitesell, who wrestle for the University of Maryland.
About two hours after the event began, CSN’s Chick Hernandez announced the afternoon’s final matchup between Snyder and Maryland heavyweight Youssif Hemida. Snyder earned a 22-7 win by technical fall.
The crowd rose for a standing ovation at the end of the event after fourth-ranked Ohio State tallied a 30-12 victory.
Immediately after the event, Kyle boarded a plane to Krasnoyarsk, Russia, where he is competing in the Yarygin
Grand Prix, an international competition that is considered one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the world.
Olympic gold medalist and former Our Lady of Good Counsel wrestler Kyle Snyder (third from left), who wrestles at The Ohio State University, enjoys a photo opportunity with Good Counsel wrestling coach Skylar Saar, his brother Kevin (also a wrestler at Ohio State) along with other Good Counsel wrestling alumni at a match between Ohio State and the University of Maryland, held recently at Good Counsel.
— Information courtesy of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
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