COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Buckeyes Kyle Snyder (97kg) and Logan Stieber (61 kg) will be among the seven United State Senior World Team members to represent the U.S. this weekend at the Grand Prix of Spain in Madrid, July 15-16. Men's freestyle and Greco-Roman action is set for Saturday, followed by women's freestyle competition on Sunday.
For both Snyder and Stieber, it will be their first competition since making the U.S. Men's Senior National Team at the World Team Trials in Lincoln, Neb. in June. Snyder who his two matches over Kyven Gadson by an aggregate score of 23-2. Gadson is the last American to have beaten Snyder, with that win coming in the 2015 NCAA finals when Snyder was a freshman. Stieber had to come from behind to defeat Kendrick Maple in the first match of the best-of-three finals and then won by technical fall in the second, 10-0.
As a result of his performance at the World Team Trials, Snyder held on to his No. 1 spot in the latest United World Wrestling rankings at 97kg. He's one of nine U.S. wrestlers who landed in this month's rankings, including Stieber, who checks in at No. 3 at 61kg. Both Snyder and Stieber are reigning World Champions -- Snyder won his title in September of 2015 and in the process became the youngest American to ever do so and Stieber claimed gold last December in Budapest.
On the international stage, Snyder is 41-5 since the summer of 2015 with a World and Olympic title to go along with last January's Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix gold medal. In the midst of going 17-0 for the Buckeyes last season, he competed in three international events: The Club Cup Championships in Ukraine, Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and the Freestyle World Cup in Kermanshah, Iran. Stieber also represented Team USA at the Freestyle World Cup and took third place at the Pan American Championships last May.
The Grand Prix of Spain will serve as one of the final tune-ups before the World Championships take place Aug. 21-26 in Paris, France.
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