Snyder joins rare wrestling air as three-time Olympian and 10-time world and Olympic team member

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— Steadily, consistently — and perhaps even quietly? — Kyle Snyder is authoring one of the greatest American wrestling careers ever.

Snyder swept Isaac Trumble, two matches to none, to win the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling on Saturday here at the Bryce Jordan Center. He will represent the U.S. at 97 kilograms in the men’s freestyle competition this summer in Paris. It will be his third trip to the Olympics. He is just 28 years old.

The Woodbine, Md., native won his best-of-three finals series matches 5-0 and 4-0. It was a ho-hum, businesslike performance. Trumble was one of the stars in Friday’s challenge tournament competition, but he hardly got anything going against Snyder.

As a result, Snyder is now on the U.S. team for a staggering 10th consecutive year. He’s been the guy at 97-kg every year since 2015, when he became the youngest American wrestler ever to win a world championship. He followed that up with Olympic gold in 2016, and has won a medal at every single world or Olympic competition since.

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U.S. phenom Amit Elor qualifies for first Olympic team after winning eight world titles,

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— Amit Elor has been not just a model of consistency, but a near guarantee for domination during her international wrestling career. Now she’ll get the opportunity to shine on wrestling’s biggest stage.

Elor, the 20-year-old phenom, won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling on Saturday, sweeping her best-of-three finals series over Forrest Molinari at 68 kilograms. She won both matches, 6-0 and 2-1, to make her first Olympic team.

Over the last four years, the California native has become one of USA Wrestling’s top women’s wrestlers. Elor’s racked up the international hardware across various age levels, and the dominance she’s shown along the way has been staggering.

Consider her résumé, arranged by year:
2021: Cadet and Junior world champ
2022: Junior, U23, and Senior world champ
2023: Junior, U23, and Senior world champ

That’s eight different world titles in three years.

But wait! There’s more!

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Joe Rau breaks through to officially make U.S. Olympic Team

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— The third time was the charm for Joe Rau.

Rau, the 33-year-old Chicago native, broke through and won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling on Saturday. He bested Alan Vera, two matches to one, in the championship series to become the Olympic rep at 97 kilograms in Greco-Roman.

This result was a long time coming for Rau, who has been a mainstay on the U.S. Greco scene for many years.

The three-time Senior World Team member had come tantalizingly close to the Olympics the last two cycles, so much that his journey might be considered cruel to some who aren’t aware of the trials he’s navigated.

In 2016, Rau won the Trials in Iowa City, but did not qualify the weight class for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the next cycle, Rau qualified the U.S. for the 87-kg greco competition at the Olympics in Tokyo but did not win the Trials, losing a controversial finals series to John Stefanowicz.

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Spencer Lee wins battle of former Hawkeye lightweights to win 57 kg at U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This was what the fans wanted to see, right?

Spencer Lee. Thomas Gilman. Two former Hawkeyes. Two world-class wrestlers.

But only one could win the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling.

In a highly-anticipated best-of-three finals series, it was Lee who emerged victorious, defeating Gilman two matches to none to win the Trials at 57 kilograms.

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Penn State freestyle wrestlers put on a show during Olympic Trials challenge tournament

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As Aaron Brooks celebrated on Mat 2 on Friday night, a familiar chant broke out inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

You know the one.

The first voice came from one end of the arena.

We Are …

And those clad in blue and white responded.

… Penn State!

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