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Team USA Claims First Men’s Freestyle World Cup Crown Since 2003 (Interviews)

Kyle Snyder

The favored host Team USA never wavered at the 2018 UWW Men’s Freestyle World Cup, cruising through Pool A with a perfect 3-0 record while dropping just five of 30 individual matches.  When they took the mat Sunday afternoon to face an Azerbaijan team who, unlike their previous foes, had the talent to beat them, the Americans proved once again they are the best men’s freestyle team in the world.  It wasn’t perfect, it never is, but when Kyle Snyder won at 97 kg, he ensured his team would stand on the top step of the podium, just as he did last summer when he won at the 2017 World Championships in Paris.  The final score was Team USA 6, Azerbaijan 4 as the Americans claimed the crown for the first time since 2003 when the tournament was held in Boise, Idaho.

Final Results:

United States 6 (26), Azerbaijan 4 (17)

57 kg: Giorgi Edisherashvili (AZE) decision over Thomas Gilman (USA), 8-7

61 kg: Kendric Maple (USA) decision over Afgan Khashalov (AZE), 6-2

65 kg: Logan Stieber (USA) decision over Haji Aliyev (AZE), 6-3

70 kg: Joshgun Azimov (AZE) decision over James Green (USA), 4-4

74 kg: Jordan Burroughs (USA) fall over Gadzhimurad Omarov (AZE), 3:15

79 kg: Kyle Dake (USA) decision over Jabrayil Hasanov (AZE), 5-3

86 kg: David Taylor (USA) technical superiority over Aleksandr Gostiyev (AZE), 12-2

92 kg: Aslanbek Alborov (AZE) decision over J’den Cox (USA), 4-4

97 kg: Kyle Snyder (USA) technical superiority Roman Bakirov (AZE), 14-3

125 kg: Jamaladdin Magomedov (AZE) decision over Nick Gwiazdowski (USA), 4-3

We’ll be back with all that we learned over two days in Iowa City later on, but for now, enjoy these interviews with Team USA’s final dual winners.

Kendric Maple, 61 kg

Logan Stieber, 65 kg

Jordan Burroughs, 74 kg

Kyle Dake, 79 kg

David Taylor, 86 kg

Kyle Snyder, 97 kg

Bill Zadick, head coach

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