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Snyder qualifies for semifinals, Green falls in quarterfinals at Senior Worlds in Norway

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Kyle Snyder (USA) on the mats at the 2021 Senior Worlds in Oslo. Photo by Justin Hoch.

OSLO, Norway – The final two U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers started their competition on Monday at the Senior World Wrestling Championships. 2016 Olympic champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Kyle Snyder has advanced into the semifinals at 97 kg after two technical fall victories.

Snyder opened up with a 14-4 technical fall over Batzul Uluziisaikhan of Mongolia. Snyder jumped out to a 7-0 lead on an activity clock call against Uluziisaikhan and three straight takedowns. Uluziisaikhan scored a takedown, but Snyder answered with one of his own to make it 9-2. After Uluziisaikhan closed it to 9-4 on a takedown, Snyder reversed him and added a turn to make it 12-4. A final Snyder takedown closed out the technical fall.

In the quarterfinals, Snyder kept on the pressure in an 11-0 technical fall over Magomedgadji Nurov of North Macedonia. He led 3-0 at the break with a takedown and step out. In the second period, Snyder added three takedowns and two step outs to finish off the match.

Snyder has drawn Mojtaba Goleij of Iran in the semifinals. Goleij was a 2019 U23 World champion and won the 2020 Asian Championships.

In addition to his two Olympic medals, Snyder is also a 2015 and 2017 World champion, as well as 2018 World silver medalist and 2019 World bronze medalist.

At 70 kg, two-time World medalist James Green went 2-1 at 70 kg, with technical falls in both of his wins.

Green opened with an efficient 10-0 technical fall win over Seungchul Lee of Korea, who was fifth in the 2018 World Championships. Green led 2-0 at the break, after getting a point from Lee on the activity clock, as well as a step out. He scored a quick takedown off the second-period whistle, then added a four-point double leg and a gut wrench to finish off the bout.

His second-round match was a 10-0 technical fall over Shamil Ustaev of Germany. Green scored on a takedown and activity clock point to lead 3-0. Another takedown came off a cradle, where Green almost secured a fall. He added two takedowns and a step out point to secure the technical fall.

In the quarterfinals, Green dropped a tough 6-5 decision to No. 2 seed and 2021 European silver medalist Turan Bayramov of Azerbaijan, Bayramov got off to a good start with a takedown and turn, off-set by a point to Green on a step out, to lead 4-1 at the break. Bayramov went on the defense in the second period, and with 28 seconds scored a counter takedown to extend the lead to 6-1. Green came back strong with a four-point double leg takedown with 10 seconds left to make it 6-5. Green got to Bayramov’s leg in the closing seconds but was unable to score before the buzzer.

Green needs Bayramov to win his Monday night semifinals match over Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland, to get pulled back into repechage.

Green won a World silver medal in 2017 and a World bronze medal in 2015.

The Group Two repechage matches also held on Monday morning, Andril Vlasov of Ukraine won his match at 92 kg, which will place him in a bronze-medal bout against two-time World champion J’den Cox of the United States on Monday night. Two of his U.S. teammates will be going for gold on Monday night, Thomas Gilman at 57 kg and Jordan Burroughs at 92 kg.


At Oslo, Norway, October 4

Group Three men’s freestyle semifinal pairings

70 kg

Evgenii Zherbaev (Russian Wrestling Federation) vs. Ernazar Akmataleiv (Kyrgzystan)

Magomedmurad Gadzhiev (Poland) vs. Turan Bayramov (Azerbaijan)

97 kg

Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russian Wrestling Federation) vs. Mahamed Zakariiev (Ukraine)

Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Mojtaba Goleij (Iran)

U.S. Men’s freestyle Group Three results

70 kg – James Green (Blacksburg, Va./Southeast RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Seungchul Lee (Korea), tech. fall 10-0

WIN Shamil Ustaev (Germany), tech. fall 10-0

LOSS Turan Bayramov (Azerbaijan), 6-5

97 kg – No. 2 seed Kyle Snyder (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Batzul Uluziisaikhan (Mongolia), tech. fall 14-4

WIN Magomedgadji Nurov (North Macedonia), tech. fall 11-0

Semifinals – Vs. Mojtaba Goleij (Iran)

U.S. men’s freestyle Group Two results

57 kg – No. 1 seed Thomas Gilman (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Abubakr Mutaliev (Russian Wrestling Federation), pin 1:16

WIN Vladimir Egorov (North Macedonia), tech. fall, 11-1

WIN Horst Lehr (Germany), tech. fall, 15-5

Gold Medal Finals - Alireza Nosratolah Sarlak (Iran)

65 kg – Yianni Diakomihalis (Rochester, N.Y./Spartan Combat WC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Colin Realbuto (Italy), tech. fall 10-0

LOSS Vazgen Tevanyan (Armenia), 5-1

79 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids)

WIN Samuel Barmish (Canada), tech. fall, 10-0

WIN Bolat Sakayev (Kazakhstan), forfeit, 0:00

WIN Radik Valiev (Russian Wrestling Federation), 9-4

WIN Ryuki Yoshida (Japan), 10-1

Gold Medal Finals – vs. Mohammed Ashghar Nokhodilarimi of Iran

92 kg – J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./USOPTC/New Jersey RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

WIN Orgilokh Dagvadorj (Mongolia), tech. fall, 13-2

WIN Simone Iannattoni (Italy), tech. fall 10-0

WIN Jeremy Poirier (Canada), tech. fall 10-0

LOSS Kamran Ghasempour (Iran), 3-3

Bronze Medal Match – vs. Andril Vlasov (Ukraine)

U.S. collegians competing for other nations today

97 kg - Maxwell Lacey (Costa Rica), Wheeling

LOSS Mahamed Zakariiev (Ukraine), 10-3

65 kg – Sebastian Rivera (Puerto Rico), Rutgers, Northwestern

WIN Maxim Sacultan (Moldova), 14-9

LOSS Amirmohammad Yazdanicherati (Iran), tech. fall, 13-3

WIN Gabriel Janatsch (Austria), tech. fall 10-0

LOSS Krzysztof Bienkowski (Poland), 7-6