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Twenty-year-old Kyle Snyder, the youngest world wrestling champion in U.S. history, qualified for his first Olympics with a victory in the 97 kilograms final at the United States Olympic Trials in Iowa City.

Snyder, a Woodbine native who went to high school at Good Counsel in Olney, beat Jake Varner, the 2012 London Games gold medalist, 4-4, 4-0 and 6-1. Snyder's stunning run to a world title last summer in Las Vegas served notice that he might become America's next major wrestling star.

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Snyder only added to his growing legend by winning the most recent NCAA heavyweight title for Ohio State despite giving up about 40 pounds to his opponent. Varner, 30, won the first match on criteria after posting two takedowns. But the younger Snyder wore Varner down over the final two matches, outscoring Varner 10-1 in their final two matches.

"I watched the 2012 Olympics and I was like 'Shoot. If I want to make the Olympics I have to be that guy,' " said Snyder, then just 16. "When you've got somebody like that in your class you have to train as hard as you possibly can."

In other matches: Helen Maroulis from Rockville earned an 11-0 win over Whitney Conder in the women's 53 kg final to advance to the Olympics. … Nicole Woody (Gambrills Arundel) fell to Olympic medalist Clarissa Chun 14-4 in the women's 48 kg quarterfinals. … Navy graduate Michael Brant lost, 10-1, to Jake Fisher in the Greco Roman 75 kg second round.

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