PARIS, France – In a spectacular morning session of wrestling, the United States put three star freestyle wrestlers into the finals of the World Wrestling Championships and held a razor-thin lead over Russia in the team race at the AccorHotels Arena on Saturday, the final day of competition.
Making the gold medal finals are 2016 Olympic champion and 2015 World champion Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) at 97 kg/213 lbs., 2012 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska RTC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and 2015 World bronze medalist James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska RTC) at 70 kg/154 lbs.
In the finals, Snyder will face 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Abdusalim Sadulaev of Russia, who moved up a weight class this year to challenge Snyder. It is a matchup the wrestling world has dreamed about all year.
In his first match. Snyder untracked his offense in a 10-0 technical fall over 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Mamed Ibragimov of Kazakhstan in the opening bout. Snyder racked up four takedowns and two step out points in a dominant win. Snyder tacked on another 10-0 technical fall in the second round over Naoya Akaguma of Japan, who was fifth in 2017 Asian Championships. Snyder had three takedowns and four forced step outs to end it one second before the first period ended. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org