Kyle Dake looks to win Final X and get his long-awaited chance to show his stuff at the World Championships
June 16, 2018


When Kyle Dake was tearing up the college wrestling scene as a Cornell student, on his way to a historic four NCAA titles in four different weight classes, he was given the nickname “Kid Dynamite.”

At age 27 and five years since winning his final NCAA title, Kyle Dake’s wrestling is still very much dynamite. He’s just no longer a kid.

In Final X in State College on Saturday night, Dake has drawn 2018 NCAA champion Zahid Valencia of Arizona State, a 2017 Junior World silver medalist, who at age 21, is one of the new “kids” on the national Senior freestyle block.