Kyle Dake receiving his bronze medal at the Olympics. (Photo by USA Today's Mandi Wright)

TOKYO, JAPAN—Local wrestling legend Kyle Dake has secured his highest honor yet, winning a bronze medal this morning at the 2020 (2021) Tokyo Olympics in the 74 kilogram weight class of the freestyle wrestling competition. This is Dake’s first Olympics appearance.

After an initial victory, Dake had been upset by Belarus’ Mahamedkhabib Khadzimahamedau earlier this week, threatening his chances at a medal. But Dake won his next two matches, against Jeandry Garzon Caballero of Cuba and Frank Chimazo of Italy, to place third. He is the second Cornell wrestler to ever receive an Olympic medal, and the first one in 100 years.

Contrary to the Olympics broadcast, which was apparently under the impression that Dake is from Lansing, Michigan, Dake was born in Ithaca, New York and attended Lansing High School. After rising to wrestling prominence while there, he went on to achieve national acclaim as part of Cornell’s wrestling team before graduating in 2013. Since then, Dake has racked up victories and titles around the world, finally making the U.S. Olympic team earlier this summer.

He is not the only Cornellian to score a medal at this year’s Summer Olympics, as 2020 graduate Taylor Knibb, from South Dakota, won a silver medal in the mixed relay triathlon event.

Matt Butler

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