Lessons from a champion: Kyle Dake coming to Cleveland

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Four-time NCAA wrestling champion leads skills clinics for young athletes at University School, June 28-29

Kyle Dake, the nation’s only collegiate wrestler to have won four NCAA national

championships at four different weight classes, will lead two skills clinics at University School’s Hunting Valley location, June 28 and 29, 2013.

The clinics, which are being presented by the Foundation Wrestling Club, will be held on Friday, June 28, from 5-8:30 p.m. for high school athletes. On the following day, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dake will lead aspiring wrestlers in grades three through eight. Both sessions will include autograph sessions and photo opportunities. Each session is limited to the first 80 participants to register. Cost is $75, which includes a souvenir t-shirt. Registration may be completed online at www.us.edu/kyledake.

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Dake, who finished his impressive collegiate career at Cornell University this spring, finished his Big Red career with an overall record of 137-4. He was undefeated his last two years of competition. For his efforts, he has been named the 2013 Sports Illustrated “Male College Athlete of the Year” and was awarded the Dan Hodge Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s best college wrestler, in his senior season.

 

Dake, who now has his sights set squarely on the 2016 Olympics, grew up in Lansing, NY, just five miles from Cornell’s Ithaca campus. His father, Doug, was an All-American wrestler at Kent State University, and his mother, Jodi, competed for the Golden Flashes’ gymnastics team. His Dad is also a former assistant coach for Cornell.

 

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead these clinics in Cleveland and give back a little bit,” said Dake. “I remember going to a number of camps and clinics when I was younger; they’re invaluable in reaching your wrestling goals.”

 

As Dake simultaneously trains for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro three years from now, he is keenly aware of the worldwide efforts to keep wrestling as an Olympic sport in 2016 and beyond. But as the 5-foot-9-inch Sociology major noted recently on the Team USA web site,

 

“I’m not too worried. I’m just excited to compete and really focus on freestyle.” He’s also

canceled any summer vacation plans his family may have had. “I’m just going to keep training,”

 

Dake said. “Training’s fun, so that’s kind of my vacation.”

 

The kids who attend the clinics later this month will be glad that part of Dake’s “vacation” isspent in Cleveland.

 

About The Foundation Wrestling Club

 

The Foundation Wrestling Club, based in Cleveland, OH, has a mission of working with wellrounded student-athletes who are committed to a long-term career in the sport of wrestling.Club members strive for four characteristics in their lives: Character, Class, Commitment and Courage. For more information on the club, please contact Charlie Agozzino (St. Edward High School and Cornell University wrestler), charlie@foundationwc.com or Shawn Harris (St. Edward High School and University of Virginia wrestler), shawn@foundationwc.com.

 

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