Snyder beats Sadulaev, Burroughs also wins gold, Green takes silver and USA is World Team Champions

PARIS, France – The men’s freestyle team race between the United States and Russia went down to the final match of the entire World Wrestling Championships at the AccorHotels Arena on Saturday night.

The United States and Russia were tied with 53 points. The last match was the finals at 97 kg/213 lbs., where 2016 Olympic champion and 2015 World champion Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) and 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Abdusalim Sadulaev of Russia met for the first time.

Sadulaev who moved up a weight class this year to challenge Snyder. It is a matchup the wrestling world has dreamed about all year. United World Wrestling dubbed it the match of the century. In this case, it not only determined the king of the sport, but also which country would become World Team Champions.

The match met all expectations and more. Sadulaev scored first with a takedown but Snyder responded with a stepout point. Sadulaev got a step out point, but Snyder scored a takedown late in the first period to tie it up at 3-3. Continue reading

Snyder, Burroughs, Green reach World finals and USA remains first in team race at World Championships in Paris

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

Gilman gets silver medal, Cox and Gwiazdowski take bronzes and USA is first in freestyle at World Championships

PARIS, France – The United States claimed three individual medals on the first day of men’s freestyle competition at the World Wrestling Championships at the AccorHotels Arena on Friday, and was in first place in the team standings.

In his first Senior World Championships, Thomas Gilman (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) won a silver medal at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.

Gilman was defeated in the gold-medal finals by 2017 Asian champion Yuki Takahashi of Japan, 6-0, a match where he could not get his effective offense untracked.

The match did not start well for Gilman, as Takahashi drove him out of bounds, and the officials awarded Takahashi two points and a caution against Gilman for fleeing the mat. Another Takahashi takedown late in the first period made it 4-0 at the break. In the second period, although Gilman pressed the action, Takahashi was able to get the only takedown to win the match 6-0. Continue reading

Snyder, Burroughs, Green, Retherford receive draws for final day of World Championships

PARIS – The final four U.S. men have weighed in and received their draws for Saturday’s freestyle finale the World Championships being held at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France.

Olympic champions Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) and Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska RTC), World bronze medalist James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska RTC) and newcomer Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) take the mat tomorrow for Team USA.

“I feel no different than I felt yesterday, really. I have four guys. They’re all chasing a gold medal, and if they pay attention to the details, and go out and execute, then we’re going to be in good shape…Let them take care of business and the team race takes care of itself,” said U.S. national freestyle coach Bill Zadick.

Snyder, the reigning World and Olympic champion at 97 kg/213 lbs., begins his quest for gold number three against Rio Olympian and 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Mamed Ibragimov of Kazakhstan. Snyder is ranked No. 1 in the World and holds the top seed for the event. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Gilman goes for gold while Cox, Gwiazdowski will go for bronze in freestyle at World Championships in Paris

PARIS, France – Competing in his first Senior World Championships, Thomas Gilman (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC) won four matches to qualify for the gold-medal finals at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. in men’s freestyle at the World Championships at the AccorHotels Arena on Friday.

Gilman will battle 2017 Asian champion Yuki Takahashi of Japan in the gold-medal match, in a session which begins at 7:00 p.m. Paris time. U.S. fans can watch the finals live on Trackwrestling. Takahashi was ninth in the 2015 World Championships, his only previous Worlds appearance.

In his first match, Gilman earned a 5-2 win over 2016 European silver medalist Andrey Yatsenko of Ukraine. The bout was tied 2-2 at the break, as both wrestlers scored takedowns. Gilman scored on a step out and a single leg takedown in the second period to secure the win.

Gilman next drew 2017 Asian bronze medalist Reza Ahmad Atrinagharchi of Iran, who he had beaten in the third round at the 2014 Junior World Championships, in a 4-4 criteria decision. Gilman won a Junior World bronze medal in 2014 after beating Atrinagharchi. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org