Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder is one of eight finalists for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award for the second straight year, the AAU announced on Saturday.

The award recognizes the best amateur athlete in the country.

Other finalists for the award include figure skaters Maia and Alex Shibutani, para-equestrian rider Angela Peavy, Nebraska volleyball players Annika Albrecht and Kelly Hunter, North Carolina basketball player Joel Berry II and distance runner Erin Finn.

Snyder is widely considered the greatest collegiate wrestler in history. He is the only American to ever leave college with three national championships, an Olympic gold medal (2016) and two world championships. Snyder was also recognized as both U.S. Male Olympic Athlete of the Year and Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year in 2017.  

“It is an honor to be one of the finalists for the 2018 AAU James E. Sullivan Award,” Snyder said. “I am thankful that I was able to experience this event last year, and I am excited to be a member of this year’s finalist award class as well.”

Voting for the award is open to the public at www.aausullivan.org. Finalist voting will close on Thursday at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced on April 17 at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan.


Four errors and a wild pitch accounted for five Georgetown runs as the Hoyas (6-15) snapped Ohio State's seven-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU starter Ryan Feltner scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings, but allowed three runs (one earned) and left with the Buckeyes (15-7) trailing 3-1.

Women's golf

Ohio State was in fourth place after the second round of the Clemson Invitational at Sunset, South Carolia. Niki Schroeder and Adeena Shears each shot 1-under-par 71 for two-day totals of 140 and 141, tied for 10th and 15th place, respectively. The Buckeyes shot a 2-under 286 for the round and are in fourth place overall at 566, 16 strokes behind leader Furman.

Track and field

The Buckeyes men's team won six events on the way to a first-place finish in the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge at Los Angeles.

DeJuan Seward earned gold in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.57 seconds and again in the triple jump on his fourth attempt with a leap of 15.28 meters. Daniel Mastropaolo (javelin), Zack Bazile (long jump), Cole Gorski (pole vault), Nicholas Demaline (shot put) and the 1,600-relay team also took first-place honors for the Buckeyes, who finished with 152 points, 39 points ahead of second-place USC.

The women's team placed third with 103 points. Christine Frederick won the 3,000 run. She was joined by fellow gold medalists Julia Rizk (1,500), Maggie Barrie (400), Mikaela Siebert (triple jump) and the 1600-relay team.