Westlake High has a unique connection to one of the NCAA’s most unique accomplishments – four national championships at four different weights.
The feat belongs to Cornell graduate Kyle Dake, son of 1980 Westlake High grad Doug Dake.
Kyle wrapped up his amazing collegiate career at the NCAA Div. I championships in Des Moines, Iowa March 23. 2014 where he squared off against Ohioan David Taylor (St. Paris Graham High) of Penn State in a nationally televised showdown at 165 pounds.
Dake prevailed while Doug, Jodi and family watched from the stands with the Cornell faithful. Noted among the Big Red fans were Westlake High wrestling coaches Mike Antonyszyn and Jerry Miller.
“I would like to offer all my best to my western Cleveland family’s friends and fans who followed Kyle to his fourth National Title,” said Doug Dake after the big night. “Thank you.”
Kyle Dake has occupied national sports headlines after an unprecedented collegiate career that saw him win individual NCAA titles at 141, 149, 157 and 165 pounds over his four years at Cornell.
But this story is about showing a little love to Doug and Jodi, Kent State alums where Doug was an all-American wrestler and the former Jodi Provost was a gymnast.
Back in 1980, Doug became the first Westlake High wrestler to win a state championship, His title came at 175 pounds. He remains, today, the lone Westlake High matman to ever win a state crown. Doug went on to teach and coach in the Lansing Central School District in New York. Cornell University is located in nearby Ithaca, NY, where son Kyle will now enjoy legendary athletic status for all-time.