Wheeling Jesuit Wrestling will welcome four-time National Champion Kyle Dake, arguably the greatest college wrestler to ever set foot on a mat, to Wheeling this summer as part of the Cardinals' first-ever youth and high school wrestling camp, June 22-26.
Dake made history in the 2012-13 season, his senior year at Cornell, when he became the first wrestler ever to win four NCAA titles in four different weight classes. He is also only the third wrestler ever to win four titles in any weight class.
One of wrestling's true shining stars, Dake is currently in training to take the international wrestling scene by storm and make the United States Olympic team set to compete in the 2020 summer games in Tokyo.
In the picture, United States Olympic wrestler Kyle Dake takes down an opponent.
Cardinal Head Wrestling Coach Sean Doyle says having Dake on campus brings a sense of credibility and legitimacy to his program as the Cardinals get set to compete in their first regional tournament in program history.
"Having Kyle here in Wheeling says a lot about our program, where we're heading, and what wrestling means to this school," said Doyle. "I think we've done a really good job of showing people in our region that our program is established and moving in the right direction. Our roster size is good, our schedule is evolving, and our facilities are getting better. When we get someone like Kyle Dake to set foot on campus, it's lasting and impactful."
Dake will be on campus as part of the program's first camp, designed to bring his brand of wrestling passion and skill he displayed as a four-year All-American to the youth of the Ohio Valley.
"Kyle is just a contagious personality," added Doyle. "He's smiling in every photo, he lives a perfect lifestyle, and he's a motivated young man. It's that contagious personality we'd like to let our guys experience as we grow the program."
During his four-time championship run, Dake won a title in the 141-pound weight class his freshman year, followed that up with a championship at 149 pounds, then became the first college wrestler in history to take a third title in three weight classes, capturing the title at 157. He was also the first Cornell wrestler to win three championships.
Dake re-wrote the history books his senior year when he took the challenge of bumping up to the 165-pound class, and defeated the returning 165-pound champion David Taylor of Penn State in a 5-4 decision to take his fourth championship. The win landed Dake as the lead story on ESPN's SportsCenter and earned him the 2013 Sports Illustrated Male College Athlete of the Year. He also won the 2013 Hodge trophy for the nation's best college wrestler.
Doyle says one of the factors that will bring Dake to Wheeling is the relationship he maintains through his alma mater, Cornell. "Kyle wanted to be able to help support someone that was a Cornell graduate," said Doyle. "He's been generous with his busy summer schedule, which will consist of him trying to make the world team, to come down here and support our region and our program. We couldn't be more excited to have him."
The Wheeling Jesuit summer youth and high school camp will be held in the McDonough Center June 22-26.
In addition to Dake, Doyle has assembled a world-class lineup of technicians to compliment Dake including two-time world medalist and seven-time world team member Harry Lester and NAIA National Champion, two-time All-American, and owner of Compound Wrestling Jeff Bedard.