KYLE DAKE, Cornell ’13 is just the third wrestler in NCAA history to win four national titles – and even more improbably the first to do it at four different weight classes. As additional drama he elected to move up to 165 his senior season to create a rare NCAA finals match-up of former champs, beating David Taylor in the 1st-ever final between two four-time finalists. A three-time EIWA champion with one second place, Kyle compiled a 137-4 record for the Big Red, with 83 bonus wins, 44 by fall. At Lansing High School, Kyle was a multi-sport athlete, a four-time wrestling team captain and two-time New York State Champion.
Following college, Dake joined Cornell’s volunteer coaching
staff and won his international debut at the Rumble on the Rails
event in New York City by defeating his Iranian opponent. Kyle then
placed second at the World Team Trials in a loaded 74 kg weight
class led by World Champion, Jordan Burroughs, before enduring a
leg operation in 2014. Dake had placed 5th at the
2013 FILA Golden Grand Prix, including beating a World bronze
medalist from Belarus and also a former World Champion from Russia.
In a USA-Russia dual, Kyle earned one of the four bout wins that
gave the American team a meet victory.