Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder is the world’s best wrestler, but he wasn’t for one match on Sunday against the Buckeyes’ biggest rival.
Snyder — the youngest gold medalist in Olympic history after winning in Rio — lost to Michigan’s Adam Coon, the No. 2 wrestler in the nation.
That’s Snyder’s first loss since his freshman year in 2015. He won the last two national titles (as you’d probably gather from the undefeated record in that time). It’s certainly worth noting that Coon had a 65-pound weight advantage as well.
Kyle Snyder suffers his first collegiate defeat in three years, going down to No. 2 Adam Coon of Michigan. Coon has a good 65 pounds on him – something Snyder will need to account for at B1G and Nationals.
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 12, 2018
Kyle Snyder drops his first NCAA decision since ’15. When you give up 65 pounds and 6 inches of height, it’s damn difficult to get him down.
— Andy Vance (@AndyVance) February 12, 2018
Even with the monstrous weight difference we've grown to take for granted, stunning to see Kyle Snyder lose a college match. First time since he was pinned in the NCAA final as a freshman.
— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) February 12, 2018
Even with Snyder going down, Ohio State still came away with the team victory over the Wolverines, 18-15.
Ohio State improves to 13-1 overall and 8-1 in Big Ten action.#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/IXF4j0W6u5
— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) February 12, 2018