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 Kyle Pope
Kyle Pope

RS Freshman

Bakersfield, Calif.

High School:


157 pounds



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Career record
2013-14: Redshirted
2014-15: 10-7 (3 falls)
Totals: 10-7 (3 falls)

2013-14: At 174 pounds, Pope found success in his redshirt season. He was third among all true freshmen with 18 wins and placed in three open tournaments throughout the year. In his first event, he was the runner-up in the Cowboy Open. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the UNC Old Chicago Open. He won six of eight matches to finish the season, including a first-place finish in the Rocky Mountain Open.

Overall, Pope had two falls, three technical falls and three major decisions. He racked up the second-fastest pin of the season for UW, putting Glandale College's Quentin Grill on his back in just 31 seconds. Pope had two falls in less than 40 seconds in 29 matches.

In freestyle action, Pope was 1-2 at 74 kilograms (163 pounds) in the ASICS Junior National Championships in April 2014.

Pope hit the books early and often, bringing home a 3.54 GPA in business administration to claim a spot on the Western Wrestling Conference Coaches' Honor Roll.

High School: Pope finished second in the California state championships in 2011, and finished third at the Reno Tournament of Champions in 2012. A two-time team captain in wrestling, he earned all-area honors as a junior and senior.

Pope also was a two-way starter on the Bakersfield football team that won the league title. He was an all-league and all-area player for Bakersfield High.

He was an honor roll student throughout high school.

Personal: Born in Bakersfield, Calif., he is the son of Darryl and Stacie Pope. He has one sibling, Hannah. His father, Darryl, was a three-time All-America honoree, wrestling for both San José State and CSU Bakersfield. The younger Pope received interest from Boise State, Cal Poly, CSU Bakersfield, Stanford and Harvard. He is pursuing a degree in finance at UW.

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