PARIS, France - Senior Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder captured gold at the 2017 Senior World Championships, winning four straight matches to take the 97-kilogram division.
Recap from USA Wrestling:
2016 Olympic champion Snyder won his second World title, defeating 2016 Olympic champion at 86 kg Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia to seal the World Team title for the United States.
The men's team race between the United States and Russia went down to the final match of the entire World Wrestling Championships at the AccorHotels Arena on Saturday night.
The United States and Russia were tied with 53 points. The last match was the finals at 97 kg/213 lbs., where 2016 Olympic champion and 2015 World champion Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) and 2016 Olympic champion and two-time World champion Abdusalim Sadulaev of Russia
Sadulaev who moved up a weight class this year to challenge Snyder. It is a matchup the wrestling world has dreamed about all year. United World Wrestling dubbed it the match of the century. In this case, it not only determined the king of the sport, but also which country would become World Team Champions.
The match met all expectations and more. Sadulaev scored first with a takedown but Snyder responded with a stepout point. Sadulaev got a step out point, but Snyder scored a takedown late in the first period to tie it up at 3-3.
In the second period, Sadulaev took the lead with a takedown, 5-3. Snyder closed it to 5-4 with another step out. As time was running down in the last 20 seconds, Snyder scored a spin behind takedown for a 6-5 lead. He was able to circle away from Sadulaev, and Snyder had won the Match of the Century, 6-5, and the USA beat Russia by one team point in the standings. It was a moment to cherish for all of USA Wrestling.
Snyder was joined as a 2017 World champion by Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska RTC) at 74 kg/163 lbs. and James Green (Lincoln, Neb./Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska RTC) won a silver medal at 70 kg/154 lbs. on Saturday. Along with three medalists on Friday, the USA finished ahead of Russia
Snyder has become the face of the current USA team. Just 21 years old, he already has three World and Olympic titles. It is fitting that it was Snyder who won the clutch match to give the USA only its third-ever World Team Title in freestyle wrestling.
Snyder won his first two matches with 10-0 technical falls over 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Mamed Ibragimov of Kazakhstan and then Naoya Akaguma of Japan, who was fifth in 2017 Asian Championships. In the semifinals, Snyder avenged a loss at the 2017 World Cup to Aslanbek Alborov of Azerbaijan, this time controlling the entire match in a 9-2 win.
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