2021 USA World Wrestling
The 2021 World Wrestling Championships in men's freestyle wrestling has taken place in Oslo, Norway. This year's championship is unique, having occurred so closely to the Olympics. Team USA gave a spectacular performance as usual. Below we highlight some of the most notable highlights.
74 Kilos: Kyle Dake won the world title, after receiving a bronze medal at the most recent Olympics. This is now his third world title with his first two at 79 kilos. Dake made his first Olympic appearance in the summer at thirty years old. He is aiming to make another appearance for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France.
79 Kilos: Jordan Burroughs won his fifth world title. Burroughs is widely regarded as one of the best freestyle wrestlers in history. He has medaled eight times at worlds and even won an Olympic gold medal in 2012. Burroughs win this week is particularly impressive, since he was upset by Kyle Dake in the 74 kilos US Olympic trials which resulted in missing the Tokyo Olympics at age thirty-three.
86 Kilos: Reigning Olympic champion, David Taylor, came in second at worlds. Taylor was defeated by his longtime rival Hassan Yazdani. Their history runs deep with the two most recently facing off in the Olympic finals. Taylor had won that match 4-3. The thirty year old signaled he would be back next year.
Team USA had several other medalists and champions that put on tremendous performances as well. The dominance in US wrestling on the world stage has helped grow the sport within the country.
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