Kyle Dake’s April 8 performance at the wrestling World Cup in Carver-Hawkeye has resembled that of Team USA’s — a lot of scoring and dominance.
Through three duals, Dake has three technical falls in just over seven minutes on the mat, leading the U.S. to three victories.
“I’m just trying to score points,” Dake said. “Trying to get off the mat as quick as possible… Watching teammates do well, you kind of want to out-do them a little bit. We’re just out there having fun.”
Dake’s showings have ignited the crowd, which was especially evident in the U.S. 7-3 win over Japan.
After losing the first three matches, James Green and Jordan Burroughs picked up wins, and Dake followed with nothing other than a 10-0 technical fall. When his opponent hesitated in meeting back at the center of the mat, Dake got the crowd involved, waving his arms and sending Carver-Hawkeye into a frenzy…