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.
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.
Navy QB Reynolds named co-winner of Sullivan Award
Navy football player Keenan Reynolds and Connecticut women's basketball standout Breanna Stewart were named co-winners of the Amateur Athletic Union James E. Sullivan Award during a ceremony held Sunday at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. The Sullivan Award is presented to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States whose athletic accomplishments are complemented by qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship. Reynolds is the first Navy athlete to win the award. "Winning this award is the cherry on top of a great four years," Reynolds said. "To be named the winner from among such an accomplished group of athletes is very humbling."
—Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Baseball: Maryland scored three runs in the ninth inning to beat Ohio State, 5-4, for a series sweep. Senior Anthony Papio had three RBIs on two hits, including a game-tying two-run single in the ninth before freshman Dan Maynard's game-winning single for the host Terps (18-15, 4-2 Big Ten Conference).
Softball: Lindsey Schmeiser finished 5-for-8 with three runs and two RBI's to break the all-time team record for runs scored in a career as host Maryland (11-27, 3-6 Big Ten) swept a doubleheader against Michigan State (20-19, 2-7). The Terps won Game 1 in six innings, 10-2, and earned a 9-8 victory in Game 2. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Emily Libero was hit by a pitch to bring home the winning run.
Men's basketball: Garrett College sophomore guard Rze Culbreath was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America third team.
Women's basketball: Chesapeake College freshman guard Janice Ladson and sophomore guard La'Shyra Williams were named to the NJCAA All-America third team.