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Kyle Dake inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

David Kiue December 30, 2015 Comments Off on Kyle Dake inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame
Kyle Dake inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Kyle Dake is an American former collegiate wrestler at Cornell University. He won four NCAA Division I national titles. With his fourth title in 2013, he joined Cael Sanderson and Pat Smith as the only four-time NCAA champions. The feat was later matched again by Logan Stieber. He won the 141 pound weight class as a freshman in 2010, the 149 pound class in 2011, the 157 pound class in 2012, and the 165 pound class in 2013 defeating David Taylor, the defending champion and 2012 Dan Hodge Trophy winner. Dake is the only wrestler in NCAA history to win four national championships in four different weight classes. No other wrestler had previously won NCAA titles in more than two weight classes. Dake became the second person to win three national titles in his first three seasons without having taken a redshirt year after Pat Smith of Oklahoma State. As Smith took a redshirt year after his third year Dake is the first person to win four titles in four years of competition without a redshirt year. He finished his college career with a record of 132-4 and was undefeated his last two years. Following the 2013 season Dake was awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s best college wrestler. He was also named Sports Illustrated’s 2013 male College Athlete of the Year Dake sought a spot on the 2012 US Olympicwrestling team, but finished third at the U.S. Olympic Trials and failed to qualify. Dake is a member of the Quill and Dagger society.

Dake attended Lansing High School in New York and was a two-time New York State champion and three-time finalist.

International Freestyle wrestling career

At the Golden Grand Prix Baku 2013 he lost in semifinals to Gadzhi Gadzhiev of Russia and he won fifth this grand prix

He won 17th of Men’s freestyle 86 kg at the Intercontinental Cup 2015 in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia, in first round he lost to Azamat Dauletbekov of Kazakhstan (5-10)

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