Despite the International Olympic Committee may be doing their best to eliminate wrestling from the Olympics, wrestling is still getting some national attention and the respect that it deserves. Dake capped off an incredible collegiate career that included four national championships and a win at “Rumble on the Rails” last week in Iran. Dake was the only American to score a win at the event and now he gets another piece of hardware to add to his trophy case.
Dake has been named Sports Illustrated College Athlete of the Year in the award’s inaugural year.
“What Kyle did is more remarkable than anybody who came before him,” Cornell coach Rob Koll said, according to SI’s Luke Winn. “I’m not saying he was better than Cael [Sanderson] or better than Pat Smith. I’m just saying I believe what he did was more remarkable, even though he lost some matches in his career.”
Dake’s college record was 137-4. He won the national title in each of his years as a college wrestler. The most impressive part of that accomplishment is that each national title was in a different division — 141, 149, 157 and 165 pounds.
Congratulations to Dake and let us hope that he will continue to show he is one of the best wrestlers in the world by competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.