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Kyle Dake

Kyle Dake

Kyle Dake is a well-known American athlete with an array of accomplishments in both folkstyle and freestyle wrestling, including four (4) NCAA (D1) titles in 4 different weight classes, being the first wrestler to have ever obtained this level of excellence in the history of this institution. Dake has also competed for Team USA, where he conquered the World Championships (2018, 2019) and the World Cup (2018).

Kyle Dake Wrestling


High School 
- 1st Place YSPHSAA State championship (2007, 2009)
- 2nd Place YSPHSAA State championship (2008)
- 1st Place FILA Junior Greco-Roman World Trials (2009)
- 5th Place FILA Junior Greco-Roman US Nationals (2009)
- 3rd Place FILA Cadet Freestyle Nationals (2007)
- 14th Place FILA Junior Greco-Roman Worlds (2009)

- 1st Place NCAA 141 Lbs Championship (2010)
- 1st Place NCAA 149 Lbs Championship (2011)
- 1st Place NCAA 157 Lbs Championship (2012)
- 1st Place NCAA 165 Lbs Championship (2013)

- Hodge Trophy Recipient (2013)
- League Wrestler of the Year (2013)
- Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAAs (2013)
- EIWA Wrestler of the Year (2011, 2013)
- Intermat Wrestling’s Freshman of the Year (2010)
- First Team All-IVY (2011)

- 1st Place World Championship (2018, 2019)
- 1st Place World Cup (2018)
- 1st Place US Championship (2015)
- 2nd Place US Open (2017)
- 2nd Place US World Team Trials (2013)
- 3rd Place US Olympic team Trials (2012)
- 3rd Place Freestyle US Nationals (2011)

Weight Division: 79 kg (international)

- Lansing High School
- Cornell University (Big Red)

Kyle Dake Biography

Kyle Dake was born on February 25, 1991, in Ithaca, New York, United States.

Raised in a family with a strong wrestling background dating as far as his grandfather (Bob Dake), who initiated Lansing school district’s wrestling program back in his heyday, it did not come as a surprise that Kyle himself would give his first steps on a wrestling mat at a very young age. 4 years old to be exact.

Dake would earn two wrestling state titles for Lansing High School, accomplishments closely followed by his father, Doug, who was coaching the team at the time. A six-time letter winner for Lansing HS, Dake was the wrestling team’s captain for four seasons straight while also being a two-time letter winner in baseball where he played second base and catcher. Adding to his list of high-school accomplishments another letter in track and field for sprinting.

Kyle’s development as a wrestler was closely followed by his father and mentor, Doug Dake, up until the young New York athlete joined Cornell University, a time when that role was taken over by coach Rob Koll.

At Cornell, Dake quickly became one of the most respected wrestlers in the nation, going on to win 4 NCAA titles in 4 different weight classes, the first athlete to ever accomplish this in the history of the association.

After becoming one of the most revered folkstyle wrestlers of all time and graduating from Cornell University (2013) with a record of 137-4, Kyle shifted his focus towards freestyle and the dream of becoming both a World and an Olympic Champion, winning multiple events at the senior level.

Kyle Dake Double Leg Defense