COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kyle Snyder was named the Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year in the Big Ten on Wednesday, capping off of tremendous 12-month period for the Ohio State wrestler. It is the second time in three years that an Ohio State wrestler has taken the award home.
In the past year Snyder has taken home an Olympic gold medal and won titles both in the Big Ten and the NCAA.
"I’m honored to win this incredible award, especially because of what Jesse Owens means to the Big Ten and specifically Ohio State," said Snyder via a press release provided by the University. "To be in the company of the many exceptional student-athletes who have earned this award in the past is humbling. I could not have achieved any of my success without the constant help and encouragement of my family, coaches, teammates and friends. I love competing for Ohio State and representing my country."
Snyder became the youngest United States wrestling champion at 20 years old and the first active Ohio State student athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics in 66 years. Couple that with being the first Buckeye wrestler to win an Olympic medal in 92 years and it was a good trip to Rio for the Ohio State star.
Snyder is 58-4 with the Buckeyes in three seasons and has 28 consecutive victories. He also has two Big Ten titles, two NCAA championships and three All-America designations.
The Ohio State wrestler is also the two-time Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree as he pursues a degree in sport industry.