Taylor, Gray, Stieber, Velte, Dake and Clodgo make World Team with wins at Final X in State College

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Six more U.S. World Team members were determined with some great competition at Final X in State College in Rec Hall on the Penn State campus on Saturday night.

For the local wrestling fans, the evening was highlighted by the return of David Taylor of the Nittany Lion WC, a two-time NCAA champion and two-time Hodge Trophy winner for Penn State. In his first Rec Hall appearance since 2014, Taylor defeated NC State star Nick Reenan in two straight matches at 86 kg to make his first U.S. Senior World Team in men’s freestyle.

The crowd was fired up when Taylor entered for bout one, but Reenan quickly scored the first takedown to lead 2-0. A pair of spin-behind takedowns by Taylor gave him a 4-2 lead. A Reenan body lock was blocked by Taylor on the edge, with Taylor awarded four points. A Reenan protest was denied making it 9-2. Taylor scored a single leg takedown to make it 11-2. A counter turn ended it with a 13-2 technical fall.

The second match was all Magic Man. Taylor scored an early takedown. After a second takedown, he added two ankle lace turns to lead 8-0. A double leg takedown ended it for a 10-0 first-period fall. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

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