American heavyweight wrestler Kyle Snyder rocked the international wrestling community Saturday by defeating ‘Russian Tank’ Abdulrashid Sadulaev in Paris for his second world championship in as many years.
Sadulaev, an Olympic gold medalist in Rio de Janeiro and undefeated in international competition since 2013, moved up a weight class to get a piece of the American phenom.
He will forever rue the decision.
Snyder's upset the “Russian Tank,” 6-5, in Paris Saturday night to capture his third gold in as many years at the world's top international tournaments.
Sadulaev struck first in the heavily-hyped match at 97kg, scoring a takedown to go up 2-0 just 30 seconds into the action. Snyder answered with a force out to cut the deficit in half before answering with his own takedown to tie the affair up at three to end the first period.
In the second, Saludaev, considered the best pound-for-pound wrestler in the world, struck first again, taking a 5-3 lead on a counter takedown. Snyder answered not long after, forcing a step out to cut Sadulaev's lead to 5-4.
With 40 seconds remaining, Snyder went to work, countering a Sadulaev shot for a takedown and a lead he wouldn't relinquish in the waining seconds of the match.
And just like that, there's a new pound-for-pound best wrestler on earth.
It gets better: Snyder's win handed the United States its first world team championship in two decades.
The two-time NCAA champion for Ohio State became the youngest American to win a world championship when he captured gold in 2015. A year later, he became the youngest American to ever win Olympic gold.
With the win, Snyder improved to an incredible 13–0 in World and Olympic Championship matches.
Now, he'll attempt to win a third NCAA Championship for the Buckeyes.
|CHAMPIONSHIP||ABDULRASHID SADULAEV (RUSSIA)||WIN||6–5|
|SEMIFINALS||ASLANBEK ALBOROV (AZERBAIJAN)||WIN||9–2|
|QUARTERFINALS||NAOYA AKAGUMA (JAPAN)||WIN||10–2|
|OPENING||MAMED IBRAGIMOV (KAZAKHSTAN)||WIN||10–0|