Kyle Snyder, a former Ohio State wrestler and Olympic gold medalist, has been selected as a part of the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2024. Snyder’s illustrious career at Ohio State from 2015 to 2018 left an indelible mark on the wrestling program and set a standard for future athletes.

During his time at Ohio State, Snyder lettered and captained the Buckeyes, contributing significantly to the team’s success. He helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2015 NCAA Team Championship and won three individual NCAA crowns at heavyweight from 2016 to 2018. In 2015, he was the runner-up at 197 pounds. His achievements made him a four-time All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten and league heavyweight champion (2016-2018). Snyder went undefeated in 2016 (11-0) and 2017 (17-0), compiling an impressive collegiate record of 75-5. Recognized for his excellence, Snyder was named Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year twice (2016-17) and received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2018.

Internationally, Snyder’s accolades are equally remarkable. He became the youngest world champion and Olympic gold medalist in U.S. history when he claimed the Olympic title in 2016. He also holds the distinction of being the youngest wrestler to win the world, NCAA, and Olympic championships in the same year, achieving this incredible feat at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Snyder added a silver medal to his collection in 2020 and recently qualified for the 2024 Games in Paris. Over his career, he has amassed 42 international wrestling competition medals, including 30 gold, six silver, and six bronze.

As Snyder prepares for his third Olympic Games, this journey holds special significance. His son, Judah, will join him for the first time.

“I’ve always wanted to be a dad, so I wouldn’t say that it’s really changed my perspective on wrestling too much other than an added emphasis on competing the way that God wants me to and competing as hard as I can and winning. I want to be a good example to him. There aren’t a lot of kids that get to watch their dad compete. I feel like it’s a great way to show them the way that you think and that you’re not afraid and you’re willing to put it on the line every time and go as hard as you can.”

Kyle Snyder via Pressbox

Snyder, 28, secured his spot in the 2024 Paris Games by winning the 97kg freestyle title at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials at Penn State. His family and friends, including Judah and his wife Maddie, were there to support him. After securing his place in Paris, Snyder’s first hug was for Judah, who will turn 2 in October.

Kyle Snyder’s induction into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame is a testament to his extraordinary career and lasting impact on the sport of wrestling. His dedication, skill, and leadership have set a high standard for future athletes, and his story continues to inspire many. As he prepares for the 2024 Olympics, the Ohio State community proudly celebrates his achievements and contributions to the sport.