Gray, Hildebrandt to wrestle for gold, Molinari for bronze at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – Five-time World champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Adeline Gray has set herself up to make history again at the Senior World Championships, after a big win in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Gray is seeking to become the first U.S. wrestler of any style or gender to win six Senior World titles in a career. She has qualified for the gold-medal finals at 76 kg finals, after a pin of Samar Hamza of Egypt in the semifinals. Hamza is a two-time Olympian and four-time African champion.

Hamza earned a step out point to begin the match, but Gray cruised to victory in the second period. After leaving the break tied at 1-1, Gray secured a feet-to-back takedown for four points and then multiple gut wrench turns to unofficially end the match. She kept Hamza on her back and locked up the fall. Continue reading at →

Gray, Hildebrandt, Molinari qualify for women’s semifinals at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway: Three of the four U.S. women freestyle wrestlers in Group Two have qualified for the semifinals at the Senior World Championships on Tuesday.

Advancing to the semifinals are 2020 Olympic silver medalist and five-time World champion Adeline Gray at 76 kg, 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and 2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt at 50 kg and three-time Senior World Team member Forrest Molinari at 65 kg

Gray, the No. 1 seed, opened with a pair of first-period pins. In her opener, Gray pinned two-time European U23 silver medalist Aysegul Ozbege of Turkey in 1:17. In the quarterfinals, Gray put away Kiran of India in 2:33. Continue reading at →

Snyder’s last-second heroics put him into World finals against Sadualev; Green eliminated at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – 2016 Olympic champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Kyle Snyder pulled off some last-second heroics during the semifinals at the 2021 Senior World Championships on Monday night, punching his ticket for a rematch against Russian superstar Abdulrashid Sadulaev in Tuesday’s gold-medal finals at 97 kg.

Snyder was trailing 2-1 to 2019 U23 World champion Mojtaba Goleij of Iran with less than 10 seconds on the clock when his tenacious attack paid big dividends. He scored a takedown with less than four seconds to go for a 3-2 victory.

The wrestlers traded points on the inactivity clock, Snyder being penalized in the first period and Goleij early in the second period to make it 1-1, with Snyder holding After Snyder was able to defend from getting a step out on the edge after a powerful Goleij attack, referees put Snyder back on the activity clock. Snyder got close to scoring, but Goleij survived the 30-second attack to take the 2-1 lead. With Iranian fans chanting loud in the background, Snyder still had one powerful move left that led to the winning score. Continue reading at →

Burroughs wins sixth career gold medal, Gilman gets the gold, Cox adds bronze at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The United States claimed three more men’s freestyle medal at the Senior World Championships on Monday night, including two more World champions, Thomas Gilman at 57 kg and Jordan Burroughs at 70 kg. J’den Cox won his 92 kg medal match to secure a bronze medal.

History was made for Burroughs, who won his fifth-career World title, which ties him with women’s freestyle legend Adeline Gray for the most for the United States. Add in his 2012 Olympic gold medal and Burroughs has now won six World and Olympic titles, tying him with the great John Smith (who claimed two Olympic titles and four World titles in men’s freestyle).

Burroughs was in command for the entire finals match, a 5-1 decision over 2019 U23 World silver medalist Mohammed Ashghar Nokhodilarimi of Iran. Continue reading at →

Miracle qualifies for semifinals in women’s freestyle, Burkert drops opener at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The first two U.S. women’s freestyle wrestlers hit the mats on Monday morning at the Senior World Championships. 2020 Olympian and 2019 World Team member Kayla Miracle won her two matches at 62 kg and has advanced to the semifinals.

Miracle received the No. 3 seed in the weight class. She started off with a nice 14-4 technical fall over two-time U23 World bronze medalist Gantuya Enkhbat of Mongolia. Enkhbat got off strong with a takedown and turn to lead 4-0, then Miracle opened up her offense. Miracle scored a takedown and four ankle-lace turns for a 10-4 lead, then put the bout away with another takedown and turn.

Miracle continued her strong wrestling in the quarterfinals, with a 13-3 technical fall over Alina Kasabieva of the Russian Wrestling Federation. Miracle jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first period, on the strength of two takedowns, a gut wrench turn and a step out. After Kasabieva scored her first takedown to make it 7-2, Miracle responded with a powerful takedown to push it to 9-2. A counter takedown and a turn completed the technical fall. Continue reading at →

Snyder qualifies for semifinals, Green falls in quarterfinals at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The final two U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers started their competition on Monday at the Senior World Wrestling Championships. 2016 Olympic champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Kyle Snyder has advanced into the semifinals at 97 kg after two technical fall victories.

Snyder opened up with a 14-4 technical fall over Batzul Uluziisaikhan of Mongolia. Snyder jumped out to a 7-0 lead on an activity clock call against Uluziisaikhan and three straight takedowns. Uluziisaikhan scored a takedown, but Snyder answered with one of his own to make it 9-2. After Uluziisaikhan closed it to 9-4 on a takedown, Snyder reversed him and added a turn to make it 12-4. A final Snyder takedown closed out the technical fall.

In the quarterfinals, Snyder kept on the pressure in an 11-0 technical fall over Magomedgadji Nurov of North Macedonia. He led 3-0 at the break with a takedown and step out. In the second period, Snyder added three takedowns and two step outs to finish off the match. Continue reading at →

Dake wins third World title, Fix and Taylor take silver, Gwiazdowski is fifth at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The United States came home with three medals on the first night of gold-medal finals at the Senior World Championships on Sunday, led by individual World champion Kyle Dake (Ithaca, N.Y./Spartan Combat WC/Titan Mercury WC) at 74 kg.

A 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, Dake became a three-time Senior World champion with a clutch victory in the finals over 2019 World bronze medalist and 2021 European champion Tajmuraz Salkazanov of Slovakia, 7-3. This is Dake’s first World title at 74 kg, after claiming 2018 and 2019 World titles up at 79 kg.

The match was close early on. Dake scored first on a step out but Salkazanov tied it up with a step out at 1-1. When Salkazanov scored another step out, he led 2-1 in the second period. However, Dake nailed a takedown with 1:23 left to take a 3-2 lead. Another takedown and gut wrench extended the lead to 7-2 and gave up a late step out for the final score. Continue reading at →

Gilman, Burroughs qualify for gold-medal finals, Cox to go for bronze in men’s freestyle at Senior Worlds in Norway

OSLO, Norway – The United States placed two wrestlers in Monday night’s gold-medal finals in men’s freestyle at the Senior Worlds on Sunday night after big wins in the Group Two semifinal round.

Advancing to the championship finals are 2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion Jordan Burroughs at 79 kg, and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman at 57 kg. Both will be facing opponents from Iran in the finals.

Burroughs defeated Ryuki Yoshida of Japan, 10-1, to reach the finals his first year competing up at 79 kg. Burroughs fell behind 1-0 after Yoshida secured a step out, but was in command the rest of the way. A step out and a double leg takedown gave Burroughs a 3-1 lead at the break. He blew it open with a step out, followed by a takedown and turn to lead, 8-1. A go-behind takedown closed out the victory for Burroughs. Continue reading at →