Former Good Counsel Star Kyle Snyder Will Wrestle for Second Consecutive Gold Medal

Wrestler Kyle Snyder allowed a takedown in the opening seconds of his first match of the Tokyo Games. Since then, however, the former Good Counsel High School star has been dominant, posting three consecutive victories without allowing a point, and is now one win away from repeating as the freestyle Olympic champion at 97 kilograms.

Snyder earned his second consecutive shutout in Friday’s semifinals, earning a 5-0 victory over Suleyman Karadeniz of Turkey.
In Saturday’s championship (in a session beginning at 5:45 a.m. ET), Snyder will face Russian Abdulrashid Sadulaev, who also has been dominant, beating his first three opponents by a combined 19-0.

Sadulaev won gold at 86 kilograms at the Rio Olympics and has faced Snyder twice previously in the world championships, with the wrestlers splitting the meetings.

Snyder advanced in the first round with a 12-2 win by technical fall over Canada’s Jordan Steen. Snyder allowed an early takedown before dominating the rest of the match, which was called with 2 minutes 46 seconds left. He then turned in a workmanlike 6-0 win over Italy’s Abraham de Jesus Conyedo Ruano.

 

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