At age 20, Snyder became the youngest wrestling gold medalist in U.S. history during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Adding to his Olympic gold, Snyder defeated two-time champion Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) to claim his first NCAA championship for Ohio State.
Ohio State University and U.S. Olympic Team
-2017 Big Ten champion (team and individual)
-2017 Undefeated top-seed at NCAA Championships
-2016 Olympic gold medalist at 97 kg in men's freestyle wrestling in Rio
-Youngest U.S. Olympic wrestling champion ever at age 20
-2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion at 97 kg, beating 2012 Olympic champion Jake Varner in the Championship Series
-2016 NCAA champion for Ohio State in New York City, N.Y., defeating two-time NCAA champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State in the finals, generally regarded as the greatest NCAA heavyweight final ever
-Freestyle World Cup champion with a perfect 4-0 record in the dual meets representing Team USA
-Third in the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia, regarded as the toughest Open international freestyle event of the year
-Third in the German Grand Prix in Germany
-Third in the Medved International in Minsk, Belarus
Most Important Accomplishment:
Snyder defeated two-time NCAA champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State in the finals in overtime of what is widely considered the best NCAA Championships heavyweight final ever to claim his first NCAA Division I title. He followed up that performance with a gold medal finish in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio to become the youngest U.S. Olympic wrestling champion ever at age 20.