Four for Four is a documentary film following Kyle Dake’s senior wrestling season as he attempts to make history and win his 4th NCAA Wrestling National Title at Cornell.
In the style of the great sports documentaries Hoop Dreams, Undefeated, Through the Fire, and The Heart of the Game –
Four for Four follows the quest of US college wrestling champion Kyle Dake through his senior season as he attempts to be the first wrestler in US history to win national championships in four weight classes over four straight years.
Four For Four captures Dake in action across the US, from the training gym to sports arenas nationwide, from weight room to hotel room, from training mat at Cornell to the NCAA championship mat before a live audience of 17,000 and a TV audience of millions.
There’s a reason no other U.S. college wrestler has triumphed in four weight classes in the history of the sport: Winning each class requires it’s own distinct strategy, training, and style of contest. If Dake achieves this milestone, it would cement his place as the greatest college wrestler of all time. Four For Four gives viewers close-up access to Dake’s year-long training regimen, both physical and mental, and mat-side views of his most grueling, intense contests right through the dramatic finals match.
Film Producer and Marketing Entrepreneur Patrick Hadley of Hadley Media (The Other Side of the Tracks) commissioned filmmaker Greg Accetta to document Kyle Dake’s year-long quest for an unprecedented fourth weight-class championship in NCAA Division I Wrestling, match-by-match, milestone-by-milestone. Compiling hundreds of hours of footage, Accetta then partnered with Story Producer John Courtmanche (Festival of Dreams, Veterinarians On Call) to craft Dake’s pursuit of a fourth trophy into a dramatic and rousing visual journey that is sure to inspire athletes, parents, and sports fans of all ages.
Growing up, Kyle Dake inherited a love of competition from his parents. Kyle’s father Doug Dake had been an NCAA All-American wrestler at Kent State, and his mother Jodi (maiden name) Dake had been a Division I college gymnast (which college?). As a boy, Kyle spent hours in the gym watching his Dad coach college and high school wrestling teams and his mom coach college gymnastics. Kyle competed in his first wrestling match as young as age four. Sixteen years later, his pursuit of a fourth NCAA national championship was as much a personal goal as it was an achievement that would be shared by his family, teammates, and coaches, many of them interviewed for this epic undertaking.