OSU's Snyder takes down 2nd NCAA title

Staff and wire reports

Ohio State junior Kyle Snyder, a Woodbine native, beat Wisconsin's Connor Medbery, 6-3, to win his second straight NCAA heavyweight championship on Saturday night in St. Louis.

Snyder, who attended Good Counsel, completed his second consecutive unbeaten college season.

Last summer, he became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in United States wrestling history at 20 years old. The year before, he became the youngest U.S. world wrestling champion. Now Snyder is the first Olympic gold medalist to return to school and win an NCAA wrestling championship.

Snyder and Medbery, the nation's top-ranked heavyweights for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, met Saturday night for the second time in two weeks — first in the Big Ten championships and this time with the NCAA biggest prize at stake.

Snyder scored the first two points of the match when he lifted Medbery, who outweighs Snyder by approximately 40 pounds, and finished on a takedown. Snyder was awarded an additional point on a penalty near the end of the period. In the second period, Snyder finished his second takedown of the match to extend his lead, and, after Medbery escaped, he was ahead 5-1.

"I'm just happy I could wrestle well and represent Ohio State well," Snyder said. "I'm excited about the future of improvement, just becoming a better wrestler, but that was a pretty awesome environment. Very grateful that I could compete in front of all those people."

Penn State won the overall championship with 146.5 points, followed by Ohio State (110) and Oklahoma State (103).

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