Kyle Snyder is not one for looking back.

His mindset, like his style on the wrestling mat, is to always move forward. But the other day, Ohio State assistant wrestling coach Tervel Dlagnev texted Snyder some of his accomplishments.

“I thought, wow, that’s pretty crazy,” Snyder said. “That was the first time I’d really stepped back and thought it about for a second.”

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On Thursday, Snyder added another award to his resume. The Big Ten named him the conference’s Jesse Owens male athlete of the year. It is the first time a male athlete has won the award twice.

“The Big Ten is one of the toughest conferences in the nation,” Snyder said. “Anytime something happens for the first time at a school like Ohio State, it’s a pretty cool honor — being able to get it twice in a row.”

Snyder won his third NCAA title this year. He won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics and is a two-time world champion. Snyder will represent the United States, along with former Big Ten male athlete of the year Logan Stieber, at the world championships in Hungary in October.

Snyder, from Woodbine, Maryland, also won this year the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete.

“It’s a confirmation, which we don’t really need, that when you live your life by a set of guidelines that are of the highest standard, these things happen,” Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan said. “Whether it’s the Sullivan award or three-time Ohio State athlete (of the year) or two-time Big Ten athlete of the year — this is not a person who set out for any of these things. This is just a person who set out to be the best version of himself that he could.”

Indiana swimmer Lilly King, who like Snyder is an Olympic gold medalist, also repeated as the Big Ten female athlete of the year.

“It’s hard to sustain success at that type of level,” Snyder said of King. “It’s pretty cool we could share it together.”