Renowned wrestler shares knowl­edge

NCAA, world and Olympic cham­pion Sny­der shares his knowl­edge at clinic

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Mark Podol­ski mpodol­[email protected]­ @mpodo on Twit­ter

As far back as Marco Tra­mon­tano can re­mem­ber, he’s al­ways been a wrestler.

And as long as he’s been a fan of Kyle Sny­der, Tra­mon­tano has al­ways looked up to one of the best wrestlers in the world.

So when the May­field ju­nior and stand­out foot­ball player and wrestler for the Wild­cats fi­nally met his wrestling idol ... he looked down at him. It didn’t mat­ter for the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Tra­mon­tano on Feb. 10, when more than 160 took part in two wrestling clin­ics at Men­tor Shore Mid­dle School in Men­tor.

The big at­trac­tion for the clin­ics or­ga­nized by the Men­tor Youth Wrestling Club was Sny­der, who stands about 6-foot and weighs 220 pounds. Head coach of the club Nick Mag­istrelli or­ga­nized Sny­der’s ap­pear­ance at the two ses­sions. The two know each other and be­came friends through wrestling cir­cles.

“When­ever a friend asks me, I try to make it work,” said Sny­der be­fore the first ses­sion.

Mag­istrelli wres­tled at Kent State, and Sny­der at Ohio State, where he won three NCAA cham­pi­onships. Sny­der is a also a three-time world cham­pion and a 2016 Olympic gold medal­ist.

Spend­ing part of his day with Sny­der is likely the high­light of Tra­mon­tano’s wrestling sea­son. Un­for­tu­nately for him, there’s not much more to cel­e­brate this sea­son. A shoul­der in­jury dur­ing the foot­ball sea­son with the Wild­cats forced doc­tors to ad­vise him to skip the 2018-19 wrestling sea­son to al­low it to prop­erly heal.

Still, the in­jury did not pre­vent Tra­mon­tano from getting on the mat and in­ter­act­ing with Sny­der. The two met be­fore the clinic and posed for a photo.

“A pic­ture is nice, but getting back on the mat … one day won’t hurt me,” said Tra­mon­tano, who’s getting in­ter­est from col­leges for foot­ball and wrestling.

The first ses­sion was for mid­dle school and high school wrestlers, and the sec­ond fea­tured kinder­garten through sixth-graders. Sny­der demon­strated var­i­ous tech­nique and drills, in­ter­acted with wrestlers, then posed for more pho­tos.

It’s been a busy time for Sny­der, who now com­petes full-time in­ter­na­tion­ally. He re­turned from Rus­sia two weeks ago for a tour­na­ment, and at the end of Fe­bru­ary will be in Bul­garia for an­other.

At his next event, the Pan-Amer­i­can Cham­pi­onships, Sny­der will look to end a two-match los­ing streak. Last Oc­to­ber, he lost to Ab­dul­rashid Sadu­laev at the 2019 World Cham­pi­onships, then was edged, 6-5, by Ra­sul Magome­dov in a se­nior match. He’s now 7911 since his fresh­man sea­son at Ohio State.

“No wor­ries. It’s part of the sport,” said Sny­der of the losses. “You learn from it. I don’t have a chip on my shoul­der. I’m not up­set. Just try­ing to com­pete and get bet­ter.”

Fol­low­ing the Pan-Am Cham­pi­onships, Sny­der said he will com­pete at the World team tri­als, then con­tinue train­ing for the World Cham­pi­onships, and even­tu­ally the 2020 Sum­mer Olympics.

In the mean­time, Sny­der en­joys giv­ing back, much the way he did in Men­tor on Feb. 10.

“My mes­sage is to have fun, and try to score as many points as they can,” he said. “Wres­tle be­cause they love it.”


Kyle Sny­der works with two young wrestlers dur­ing a clinic on Feb. 10 in Men­tor.


May­field’s Marco Tra­mon­tano, left, works with cham­pion wrestler Kyle Sny­der on Feb. 10 in Men­tor.


Kyle Sny­der demon­strates a move for young wrestlers as part of a clinic on Feb. 10 in Men­tor.

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