Snyder wins World silver, USA places second as a team as men’s freestyle wraps up in Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – Kyle Snyder claimed a silver medal at 97 kg on the final night of the men’s freestyle competition, his seventh straight World or Olympic medal, and the United States placed a close second as a team at the Senior World Championships on Tuesday night.

Snyder was defeated in the finals by his arch-rival, Abdulrashid Sadulaev of the Russian Wrestling Federation, 6-0.

Snyder and Sadulaev wrestled a familiar-paced match early, both being warned for passivity within the first 90 seconds. Snyder was put on the shot clock with 1:11 left in the first period and went into the break trailing in the 1-0 bout. Sadulaev boosted the pace early in the second period and almost forced Snyder out of bounds, but the American defended the attempt to keep the match within a point.

However, shortly after that exchange, Snyder was placed on the shot clock again and failed to post a score, giving Sadulaev the 2-0 advantage. Moments later came the match’s turning point, when Sadulaev worked a takedown and found a strong gut wrench to turn Snyder, boosting his lead to a 6-0 advantage that would prove to be the final score. Continue reading at →