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Olympic Wrestling Budapest 2018

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The days of October 20-22 were one of the more crazy moments in wrestling. There were some instances where we had a good understanding of what was going to happen, but there were some upsets that we weren’t expecting. All in all, here are the overall stats of the Men’s Freestyle:

David Taylor/86 kilograms/Gold: David is called the “Magic Man”, however what he did at Budapest was no magic show. Taylor faced one of his harder opponents Hassan Yazdani, an Olympic champion. He faced off against, top seeded Fatih Erdin for the gold medal. Taylor won the first gold medal for the USA Team in Budapest. He flew through the qualifying rounds and had no trouble in the final match. Erdin was also making his Senior Worlds debut. Taylor scored an early two take downs to make it 4-0, Erdin scored a take down to cut David’s lead to 4-2. That would be the only points Fatih would earn. The “Magic Man” would then dominate the rest of the match. He gave Fatih Erdin a technical fall to seal the deal.

Kyle Dake/79 kilograms/Gold: Kyle’s first time on the Senior World Team will be one to remember. Dake also flew through his qualifying matches, where their was no competition for the athlete. He went through the entire tournament without giving a single point. That is an outstanding accomplishment considering he was wrestling the greatest wrestlers from around the world.

J’den Cox/92 kilograms/Gold: J’den has always had a very remarkable career in the sport of wrestling and grabbing the gold medal was another layer on the cake. Cox defeated Ivan Yankouski of Belarus, 4-1 in his gold medal match. This was the first year Team USA had a 92 kilogram wrestler in a while. He was just like the other astounding wrestlers, Cox did not have any problem during the tournament.

Kyle Snyder/97 kilograms/Silver: Many said it was the “Match of the century last year”. But it was all Abdulrashid Sadulaev this year. This would hand Snyder his first loss in the Olympics. It was probably one of the biggest upsets that I have ever seen. Kyle didn’t lose by decision, he lost by getting pinned. It was 1:12 into the match when Sadulaev caught Snyder on his back and that is all she wrote. There was so much hype to this match, just to have it gone in 1:12. Abdulrashid was determined to win this match, that is the reason why I feel that he won. He wanted more so he was drove by adrenaline. However, I feel that Snyder will be back next time around and bring the gold home for Team USA once again. He is just that kind of person.

Thomas Gilman/57 kilograms/5th place: Thomas came out swinging on the first day of the tournament, but that would be the only time he would win. Gilman’s first loss came from Kazakhstan’s, Nurislam Sanayev, he would ultimately win by 11-0 tech fall. The “Peacock” won a silver medal last year at Worlds but came up short of the podium this time around.

 

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