“We are excited to add the premier name in amateur wrestling to our team. Having a person of Kyle’s character and quality choose to join the Brute team is awesome for our company,” said John Purnell, President of Brute Wrestling, “Every school or club wrestler knows the drive, values and accomplishments of Kyle Dake. He has shown that he can win in all that he does and at the same time continue to give back to the sport. We are proud that those traits of Kyle’s are shared by Brute.”
“Kyle’s signature shoe will be available in the spring of 2015,” continued Purnell, “Kyle is going to be involved every step of the way in the development of his shoe - from concept through to final product. The Kyle Dake signature shoe will be one that amateur wrestlers at all levels will be proud to wear.”
“I’m anxious to get my relationship with Brute Wrestling started,” said Dake, “We share the same goals of growing the sport and showcasing what’s great about amateur wrestling to kids, teens, parents and coaches nationwide. The fact that my name is going on a top-line wrestling shoe is awesome. We are going to make it a shoe that champions will wear.”
Dake continued, “As the main sponsor and creator of the Brute Nationals, and founder and a key supporter of R.E.A.C.H.E.S., an organization to promote the integrity of amateur athletics, my relationship with Brute will allow me to continue to give back to the sport that I love and that has given me so much.”
As part of the agreement, Dake will make personal appearances on behalf of Brute. This may include conducting high school wrestling clinics, leading sessions at important wrestling gatherings or appearances with Brute dealers.
Throughout his amateur wrestling career, Kyle Dake was a champion. While at Cornell, Kyle became the first wrestler in NCAA history to win four titles at four different weight classes. He was the first wrestler to win four championships without the benefit of a redshirt year. Recognizing his achievement, Kyle was named the 2013 Sports Illustrated Male College Athlete of the Year. A native of Lansing, N.Y., Kyle was a two-time state high school champion and was a 2008 Team USA Junior World Team Member. Off the mat, at Cornell, Kyle was a four time Academic All-American, a member of the Senior Honor Society, and coordinator of the Cornell Wrestling helps initiative.