Snyder Finishes Off Perfect Weekend at Freestyle World Cup
June 13, 2016

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Kyle Snyder continued to roll through the international wrestling scene this weekend by going 4-0 at the Freestyle World Cup at the Form in Los Angeles. He was one of three Americans to go 4-0 as Team USA finished fourth overall.

In a rematch of the semifinal bout at last September's World championships, Snyder defeated Abbas Tahan of Iran 8-1 to tie the match at 14-14 heading into the final match. Snyder's first three points came on two step-outs and a shot clock violation, and then he gained all the separation he'd need when he avoided a single-led takedown, got out and completed a takedown of his own. The call was challenged by Iran but upheld, making the score 6-0. With one minute left, Snyder added a second takedown for an 8-0 lead.

Iran would win the final match of the dual at 125kg to claim a 17-15 victory and move onto the gold medal round for the fifth straight year. It was also the second consecutive matchup that was decided in the final bout.

"I got good pressure, good head and hands defense. I need to work on coming up after my shots a little bit because he was getting an angle on me, but I felt good that match. I was ready to wrestle," said Snyder.

In the third place match against Georgia, Snyder trailed Elizbar Odikadze of Georgia late in the third period 3-1 but got a takedown and won on criteria to finish off his unblemished weekend. Odikadze is ranked No. 5 in the world (Snyder is No. 2). The United States lost the match on criteria, its second tie breaker setback of the day.

"Been there a couple times this year. It kind of stinks being in that position, but I'm getting more used to it wrestling tough guys," Snyder said. "I feel like all the guys I wrestled did a pretty good job of scouting me. They did some things they wouldn't have normally done unless somebody told them to. That's alright. It makes it harder for me and I like that challenge."

The Americans wrestled this weekend with two starters who have already qualified for the Summer Olympics -- Jordan Burroughs and Ohio RTC trainee Tervel Dlagnev.