Kyle Dake is an American wrestling champion in the freestyle, Greco-Roman and folkstyle categories ranking at #2 in Team USA ratings. He is an NCAA champion, a former U.S. Olympic Team runner-up, and an international champion for Greco Roman and college wrestling.
He is part of Titan Mercury WC Club, and has been a part of Team USA since 2013. He also ranked number 2 in Team USA in the year 2017-2018. Currently, he is a Tokyo 2020 Olympics gold medal hopeful, and is the recipient of one of the highest honors in Ithaca, NY which is the Kenny VanSickle Award. He is a graduate of Cornell University.
Kyle was born in Ithaca, NY on February 25, 1991. He attended Lansing High School, also in Ithaca. During his adolescent years, Dake already demonstrated a talent for wrestling. Coached by his father, Dough Dake, also a former high school wrestling champion, John Kotmel, and Dickie White, Dake took the New York state championship twice, and he ranked as a finalist three times.
In this age group, and under the United States of America (Team USA) Wrestling (USAW), Dake scored third place in the 2006 USAW Cadet Nationals in both freestyle wrestling as well as in Greco-Roman style.
He scored fourth in the FILA Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman style wrestling in 2006. The next year, in 2007, he scored second in the same category, while also scoring third in freestyle wrestling.
By 2008 he was able to win the FILA Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman as well as the Junior WOrld Team trials. By 2001 he already scored a second ranking in University Nationals, which led to a try to the Team USA Olympic team, of which he is still a part.
After graduating high school. Dake attended Cornell University. There, he competed for the school’s wrestling team, designing an action plan and creating a vision that will become part of the reasons why he is a champion today.
Kyle's professional wrestling career
Dake’s journey into professional wrestling begins in 2010, when he starts earning honors and awards in championships from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA), which is a conference of the NCAA Division I.
Since a very early age, Dake was a candidate for the U.S. Olympic team (Team USA), where he tried out several times, ranking in the top positions. In 2012 he ranked fourth in the U.S Olympic team trials.
Also in 2012 he was awarded NCAA’s “Outstanding Wrestler” honors. In a short time, he would become the first wrestler to have won a title for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in each of its four weight categories. By 2013, Dake was awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy and was featured as Sports Illustrated’s Male College Athlete of the Year.
International Recognition for Kyle Dake
From 2014 to 2016, Dake competed in international tournaments that would lead to Olympic Team Trials. He began in Paris, winning the International championship there. He followed with the Cerro Pelado International Championship, where he also won. In 2015 he scored second in the U.S. World Team Trials, but was also the Northeast Regional Champion. In 2016 he ranked second at the U.S. Olympic Team trials while also winning the U.S. Open championship.
In 2017, Dake wins the United World Wrestling Federation’s Grand Prix of Paris. After this, Dale competed in the XVIII Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin, which is a wrestling event held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. His win was quite significant, as he knocked out 2-0 a bronze medal Olympian named Jabrayil Hasanov, of Azerbaijan. This tournament included Freestyle wrestling. Aside from this competition, Dake moved on to the World Cup Championships of 2017 as well as the World Wrestling Championships. It is safe to say that 2017 was the preparation year for Dake’s eventual successes in 2018, which will lead to the 2020 Olympic Games, where he hopes to achieve the gold medal in wrestling.
In 2018, Dake won the gold medal in yet another international tournament: The World Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
Summary of Kyle Dake’s career highlights:
- 2017: Second in U.S. World Team Trial; Second in U.S. Open and Paris International champion
- 2016: Second at U.S. Olympic Team Trial and U.S. Open champion
- 2015: Second in U.S. World Team Trials and Northeast Regional champion
- 2014: Cerro Pelado International champion
- 2013: Fifth in Heydar Aliyev Golden Grand Prix and Second in U.S. World Team Trials
- 2012: Fourth in U.S. Olympic Team Trials
- 2011: Second in University Nationals
- 2008: DNP in Junior World Championships in Greco-Roman
- champion in Greco-Roman; FILA Junior Nationals champion in Greco-Roman
- 2007: Second in FILA Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman, third in freestyle
- 2006: Fourth in FILA Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman
- 2013 NCAA champion at 165 pounds
- 2012 NCAA champion at 157
- 2011 NCAA champion at 149
- 2010 NCAA champion at 141
- 2013 Hodge Trophy winner as college wrestler of the year. He was also the first wrestler to win NCAA titles in four different weight classes