The Olympic gold medal wraps up an incredible year for Snyder after winning the World Championships and then winning an NCAA championship when he returned to the Ohio State University as a heavyweight earlier this year.
The Americans, a young team with eight players who had never competed in the Olympics, came to Rio seeking a fourth USA gold medal in the sport and were favorites after winning the World Cup a year ago.
The gas tank was clearly on display in Snyder's semifinal match with Georgia's Elizbar Odikadze.
Snyder is also the sole gold medalist for the U.S.in men's freestyle in Rio.
His star rose even further in 2013, when he became the youngest wrestler to ever win the Junior World Championships.
The wrestling weight classes at the Olympics completed all competitions on Sunday. Sergio Rodriguez made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left and the Spaniards, who captured silver in 2008 at Beijing and the London Games, got the defensive stop they needed.
Make it double gold for the first couple of the Olympic boxing tournament. He took a 2-0 lead in the second period after Gazyumov was warned for passivity, putting him on the shot clock, giving him 30 seconds to gain a point.
"We did a good job of bottling all that up and unleashed it on Serbia", George said.
Brazil defeated Italy to win its third gold medal in the sport and cap the country's best Olympic performance with seven golds.
Gazyumov would wind up taking the silver, his third career Olympic medal.
Claressa Shields had an Olympic gold medal around her neck and a secret keepsake in her warmup jacket pocket.
In the bronze-medal match, the United States rallied from a two-set deficit against Russian Federation and won 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13.
Two Mongolian coaches stripped off and hurled their shoes in protest after their man, Mandakhnaran Ganzorig, was denied victory for running away from his Uzbek opponent in the dying seconds of their 65 kg bronze medal contest.
She sang along to the national anthem, then held up both gold medals for all to see. "Just in case anybody had any questions".