August 6, 2021

Snyder To Wrestle for Gold Saturday in Tokyo


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kyle Snyder, the 2016 Olympic Champion and three-time NCAA Champion with Ohio State, won three matches Friday at 97kg and has qualified for the men’s freestyle gold medal match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe Hall A.

Snyder will go for his second gold medal at the Olympics Saturday at 7:20 a.m. ET. (Aug. 7 Schedule).

In the semifinal match vs Turkey’s Suleyman Karadeniz, Snyder won 5-0 to set up a final faceoff vs. Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia. Sadulaev advanced to the gold medal match with a 4-0 win over Reineris Salas Perez of Cuba.

The No. 2 seed, Snyder opened with a 12-2 technical fall win over Jordan Steen of Canada. Steen scored the first takedown, then it was all Snyder, who ended up scoring six takedowns in the match.

In the quarterfinals, Snyder was in control and won a tactical 6-0 match over Italy’s Abraham Conyedo Ruano. He scored the only two takedowns of the match, and added a step out and a point from a shot clock penalty against Conyedo.

In the semifinals, Snyder defeated unseeded Karadeniz, the 2020 European champion.

Not only is Snyder the reigning Olympic champion at 97 kg and a 2015 and 2017 World champion, he added a World silver medal in 2018 and a World bronze medal in 2019. He is also a past Junior World champion.

At Makuhari, Chiba, Japan, August 6

Group Three U.S. men’s freestyle results
97 kg – Kyle Snyder
WIN Jordan Steen (Canada), tech. fall 12-2
WIN Abraham Conyedo Ruano (Italy), 6-0
WIN Suleyman Karadeniz (Turkey), 5-0
Gold Medal Match – Vs. Abdulrashid Sadulaev (ROC) Aug. 7