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Dake documentary to be released in December

It’s not every day that a wrestler earns four individual NCAA Division I titles … nor is it a common occurrence for a documentary to be made about a top collegiate mat champ. However, Kyle Dake can claim both distinctions, as the four-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion for Cornell University is now the subject of a documentary to be released in December, producers announced this past week.

“Four for Four: The Kyle Dake Story” is a sports documentary that follows the former Big Red wrestler through his senior season as he sought to make sports history by becoming the first and only wrestler to win four NCAA Division 1 titles in four different weight classes in four straight years. (In the 85-year history of NCAA wrestling championships, only four wrestlers have earned four Division I titles: Oklahoma State’s Pat Smith in the early 1990s, Iowa State’s Cael Sanderson (1999-2002), Dake (2010-13), and Ohio State’s Logan Stieber (2012-15).

According to the official “Four for Four” website, the documentary “captures Dake in action across the U.S., from the Cornell wrestling center to sports arenas, weight rooms to hotel rooms all leading to the (2013) NCAA championship mat before a live audience of 17,000 and a TV audience of millions. ‘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 championship match.”

The press release announcing the December release of “Four for Four” emphasizes that both the producer of the film – Patrick Hadley of Hadley Films, and filmmaker Greg Accetta — both have amateur wrestling backgrounds.

“It was important to me that this film be made by wrestlers who shared the same passion for the sport,” said Hadley. “The wrestling community is going to love it, but this film is for all athletes and sports fans of all ages who appreciate an inspiring story of hard work, sacrifice and dedication to be the best.”

Wrestling fans can learn more about “Four for Four” by visiting the documentary’s website, as well as Facebook page and Twitter account. A trailer promoting the film is also available online for viewing. Details on the film’s release, including dates and distribution plans, have yet to be announced.

“Four for Four” joins a number of documentaries chronicling a “year in the life” of an individual wrestler or wrestling program, including “Veritas” which tracked the senior year of Lehigh wrestler Jon Trenge, “Wrestling with Iowa” about two Iowa high school wrestlers and their quest to each become four-time state champs, and “Independence: Wrestling with a Community”, a 2010 documentary chronicling an entire season of the high school wrestling program in Independence, Iowa.

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