Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder won the 2018 AAU Sullivan Award in a ceremony Tuesday night in New York City. The award goes to the nation’s top amateur athlete.
With the award, Snyder becomes the second Buckeye in the last four years to win the award, joining former running back Ezekiel Elliott, who won the award in 2015.
Snyder becomes just the fourth wrestler to be honored with the Sullivan Award. He joins John Smith (1990), Bruce Baumgartner (1995), and Rulon Gardner (2000). Snyder was also nominated last year for his various performances in 2016.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Snyder was finally able to capture the award this time around, following a year where he was a world champion in men’s freestyle wrestling, won the “Match of the Century” by defeating Olympic champion and two-time World champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia in the World finals, won the Yarygin Grand Prix, won Olympic Gold, won an NCAA title, and was also named the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year.
And that’s only a fraction of what the last year has been like for one of the greatest Buckeyes ever. Kyle Snyder has captured just about every award out there, and now his trophy case will contain arguably the most prestigious award in amateur athletics.
Not a bad way for Snyder to cap his Ohio State career.