It was, in many ways, a flashback to 5 years (and 1 month) ago. Lansing High School and Cornell University grad Kyle Dake entered the most prestigious wrestling tournament he could find, rolled through the preliminary rounds without giving up a single point, fell behind in the crucial final match, and then outsmarted and outmuscled his opponent to see his hand raised in victory at the end.
In 2013, as many locals will never forget, Dake was on the cusp of history. In 2010, he became the first-ever true freshman to win an NCAA individual championship (at 141 pounds). He followed up on that achievement by winning again as a sophomore (at 149), and as a junior, he made NCAA history by winning title number three at 158 pounds, the first collegiate wrestler to win at three different weight classes.
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