2020 Tokyo Olympics: Kyle Snyder wins silver, final Team USA results for Olympic wrestling
Happy Saturday morning, you guys. We subbed out the early-morning cartoons for the last day of the Olympic wrestling competition.
And Team USA put the finishing touches on what ultimately became a special week in Tokyo.
Kyle Snyder (97-kg) and Sarah Hildebrandt (50-kg) added silver and bronze medals, respectively, to the United States' overall haul. In total, USA Wrestling finished with nine Olympic medals: three golds, two silvers, four bronzes. That's after winning 11 combined medals across the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
All five men's freestyle wrestlers earned medals and produced a 16-3 overall record. The women's freestyle team brought six wrestlers who went 15-6 overall, and four took home medals while a fifth wrestled for bronze. America only had five all-time Olympic medalists before the week, then finished with four this week.
USA Wrestling's 9 total medals was the most of any country in the wrestling competition, across all three styles. Russia finished just behind, with 8 total medals, followed by Japan with 7, including 5 golds, the most in the competition. Those 9 medals are currently the third-most of any sport for Team USA's overall medal count at the 2020 Olympic Games, trailing only swimming and track and field, both of which have 20-plus.
Again, a fantastic, special week for the American wrestlers.
I sat here on my couch and took in all the action. Below are detailed updates, results, thoughts and analysis — including how every American wrestler did, in all styles, plus other important results and interesting information.
Enjoy, and thanks for reading.
► Miss anything from Friday? We've got you covered: Gable Steveson wins thrilling Olympic gold, Kyle Dake wins bronze, Snyder makes final on Day 6 in Tokyo
Final results and medal matchups for USA's Olympic wrestlers
The final matches of the Olympic wrestling competition were contested on Saturday morning. Two more Americans took the mat. Here's how they did:
Kyle Snyder, Men's Freestyle, Silver at 97-kilograms
- First Round: 12-2 technical fall win over Jordan Steen (Canada)
- Quarterfinals: 6-0 win over Abraham Conyedo Ruano (Italy)
- Semifinals: 5-0 win over Suleyman Karadeniz (Turkey)
- Finals: 6-3 loss to Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia)
Snyder, the 2016 Olympic champion, was rock solid in his first three matches, but ran into the Russian tank, Abdulrashid Sadulaev, in the finals. He fell, 6-3, in the highly-anticipated matchup.
Sadulaev took a 2-0 lead into the break after scoring points via the shot clock and step out in the first period. In the second, he scored a pair of exposures off of Snyder's shots to surge ahead, 6-0. Snyder came hard in the final minute, scoring a takedown and a step-out, but that 6-0 hole was too big to recover from that late.
Snyder, at just 25 years old, is now a two-time Olympic medalist, and has won six total world and Olympic medals since 2015: three golds, two silvers, another bronze. That is remarkable consistency for somebody who is, in theory, only just now entering the prime of his career.
Sarah Hildebrandt, Women's Freestyle, Bronze at 50-kilograms
- First Round: 11-0 technical fall win over Evin Demirhan (Turkey)
- Quarterfinals: 12-2 technical fall win over Miglena Selishka (Bulgaria
- Semifinals: 10-7 loss to Sun Yanan (China)
- Bronze Medal Match: 12-1 technical fall win over Oksana Livach (Ukraine)
Hildebrandt stormed into the semifinals with back-to-back technical falls, and looked like she might cruise into the Olympic final. She led China's Sun Yanan, 7-1, after the first period, but Yanan rallied to within 7-6 and then tossed Hildebrandt to her back in the final seconds for a 4-point throw and a 10-7 win, sending Hildebrandt to the bronze medal match.
But Hildebrandt rallied with one final sensational performance to win bronze, securing a 12-1 technical fall over Ukraine's Oksana Livach, a world bronze medalist in 2018. Hildebrandt led 2-1 after a takedown at the gun in the first period, then added two more takedowns in the final minute of the second period — the last of which led to a leg lace that led to the technical fall.
Other notable medal match results on the final day of Olympic wrestling
Men's Freestyle, for Bronze, 65-kg: Gadzhimurad Rashidov (Russia) over Iszmail Muszukajev (Hungary), 5-0
- Rashidov can now add an Olympic bronze medal to his career trophy case. He won a world title in 2019 and reached the world finals in both 2018 and 2017.
Men's Freestyle, for Bronze, 65-kg: Bajrang Punia (India) over Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan), 8-0
- These two met in the 2019 world championship semifinals, where Niyazbekov won 9-9 on criteria. This time, it's Punia in a decisive 8-0 result for India's second men's freestyle wrestling medal.
Men's Freestyle, Finals, 65-kg: Takuto Otoguro (Japan) over Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 5-4
- Otoguro won a world title in 2018, and can now add an Olympic gold medal to his résumé. He scored two takedowns out of roll attempts by Aliyev and built a 5-2 second-period lead, then hung on late to win Japan's first men's freestyle gold medal, and fifth wrestling gold medal overall.
Men's Freestyle, for Bronze, 97-kg: Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba) over Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan), 3-3
- Sharifov, an Olympic gold medalist in 2012 and a bronze-medal winner in Rio, won a wild repechage match, 7-5 over Georgia's Odikadze, to reach this bronze medal match. But Perez won this battle on criteria to claim his first Olympic medal, and his first world-level medal since winning bronze at the 2014 world championships.
Women's Freestyle, Finals, 50-kg: Yui Susaki (Japan) over Sun Yanan (China), 10-0
- The final match of the Olympic wrestling competition saw Yui Susaki roll through China's Sun Yanan by a 10-0 technical fall. That's Japan's fourth gold medal in women's freestyle, and fifth gold overall in the wrestling competition. Susaki tech'd her way through the tournament, outscoring her opponents 41-0, a remarkable encore after winning world titles in both 2017 and 2018. She's a special talent.
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- On Cuba's Mijain Lopez, now a four-time Greco-Roman Olympic champion
- The incredible story of Tamyra Mensah-Stock, now an Olympic gold medalist
- Michigan wrestler Myles Amine wins historic Olympic medal for San Marino
- The evolution of Gable Steveson, from HS star to Olympic champion
Results from USA's Olympic men's freestyle wrestlers in Tokyo
USA Wrestling brought a five-man men's freestyle team to Tokyo, and all five are leaving with medals. In addition to Snyder, here's a look at how the other four did:
Thomas Gilman, Bronze at 57 kilograms
- First Round: 5-4 loss to Zavur Uguev (Russia)
- Repechage: 11-1 technical fall win over Gulomjon Abdullaev (Uzbekistan)
- Bronze Medal Match: 9-1 win over Reza Atrinagharchi (Iran)
Gilman became the 10th former Hawkeye wrestler to win an Olympic medal, and did so in very impressive fashion. After a heart-wrenching first-round loss to Russia's Zavur Uguev, a two-time world champ and eventual gold medalist this week, Gilman rallied with two dominant wins to claim bronze, winning both matches by a combined 20-2.
Kyle Dake, Bronze at 74 kilograms
- First Round: 4-0 win over Mostafa Hosseinkhani (Iran)
- Quarterfinals: 11-0 loss to Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau (Belarus)
- Repechage: 10-0 technical fall win over Jeandry Garzon (Cuba)
- Bronze Medal Match: 5-0 win over Frank Chamizo (Italy)
Dake, one of three two-time world champions at this weight, went 3-1 to win bronze as well. He went 1-1 during a tough opening day on Wednesday, losing a decisive quarterfinal bout to Belarus' Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau, snapping what had become a 49-match winning streak for Dake.
Kadzi went on to make the final, which gave Dake a shot at bronze. He capitalized emphatically, with a first-period technical superiority win over Cuba's Jeandry Garzon, a four-time world medalist, and then a resounding 5-0 win over Italy's Frank Chamizo, another one of the two-time world champs.
Russia's Zaurbek Sidakov beat Kadzi in the gold medal final, 7-0.
David Taylor, Gold at 86 kilograms
- First Round: 11-0 technical fall over Ali Shabanau (Belarus)
- Quarterfinals: 12-2 technical fall win over Myles Amine (San Marino)
- Semifinals: 10-0 technical fall win over Deepak Punia (India)
- Finals: 4-3 over Hassan Yazdanicharati (Iran)
Taylor blitzed the field en route to the gold-medal match at 86-kilos, outscoring his first three opponents by a combined 33-2. In the final, Taylor wrestled Iranian star Hassan Yazdanicharati, a two-time world champ and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, and Taylor ultimately emerged in a thrilling 4-3 victory.
In the second period, Taylor scored a takedown for a 2-2 criteria lead. Yazdani then claimed a 3-2 advantage on a step-out point and managed that lead into the waning moments — until Taylor lowered his level and connected on a blast double with less than 20 seconds left that ultimately held up as the winner.
Watch David Taylor's final takedown against Iran's Hassan Yazdani
Gable Steveson, Gold at 125 kilograms
- First Round: 10-0 technical fall win over Aiaal Lazarev (Kyrgyzstan)
- Quarterfinals: 8-0 win over Taha Akgul (Turkey)
- Semifinals: 5-0 win over Lkhagvagerel Munkhtur (Mongolia)
- Finals: 10-8 win over Geno Petriashvili (Georgia)
Think Taylor's late-match heroics were great? Wait until you see Gable Steveson.
Steveson, a 21-year-old Minnesota student, steamrolled his way into the Olympic finals by outscoring his first three opponents 23-0, punctuated by an 8-0 quarterfinal win over Turkey's Taha Akgul, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time world champ.
In the finals, Gable squared off against Georgia's Geno Petriashvili, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time defending world champ. Gable again surged ahead early, a 4-0 lead after the first period that became 5-2 early in the second. Petriashvili then scored a takedown and two exposures to take an 8-5 lead into the final minute.
That lead held until the final 13 seconds, when Gable scored two takedowns to rally and win, 10-8.
Watch Gable Steveson's last-second takedown against Georgia's Geno Petriashvili to win Olympic gold
Results from USA's Olympic women's freestyle wrestlers
USA Wrestling brought a six-woman squad for the women's freestyle competition. Hildebrandt won bronze, but the other five all did pretty well, too.
Jacarra Winchester, 5th at 53 kilograms
- First Round: 7-4 over Olga Khoroshavtseva (Russia)
- Quarterfinals: 6-1 loss to Pang Qianyu (China)
- Repechage: 5-0 win over Laura Herin Avila (Cuba)
- Bronze Medal Match: Lost by fall to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (Belarus)
Winchester, a 2019 world champion, reached the bronze-medal match at 53 kilograms, but ultimately did not finish on the podium. She opened with a workmanlike 7-4 victory over Russia's Olga Khoroshavtseva, but fell to China's Pang Qianyu in the quarterfinals. Qianyu went on to make the finals, giving Jacarra a shot at bronze.
She started strong with a 5-0 victory in her repechage match, over Cuba's Laura Herin Avila, but in the bronze medal match, Belarus' Vanesa Kaladzinskaya connected on a headlock early and pinned Winchester in the first period. She finished 2-2 overall.
Helen Maroulis, Bronze at 57 kilograms
- First Round: 8-4 win over Rong Ningning (China)
- Quarterfinals: 8-0 win over Tetyana Kit (Ukraine)
- Semifinals: 2-1 loss to Risako Kawai (Japan)
- Bronze Medal Match: 11-0 technical fall win over Boldsaikhany Khongorzul (Mongolia)
Helen Maroulis made history in 2016 as the first American woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal. She followed up that performance by going 3-1 and winning bronze this week, becoming the first American woman to become a two-time Olympic medalist.
Maroulis stormed into the semifinals with back-to-back wins over worthy foes: an 8-4 first-round win over China's Rong Ningning, a 2018 world champ; then an 8-0 quarterfinal victory over Ukraine's Tetyana Kit, a 2015 world bronze medalist.
Maroulis ran into the eventual champ in the semifinals, Japan's Risako Kawai, and lost a tight 2-1 decision. But she rallied to win her bronze-medal match, a resounding 11-0 technical fall victory over Mongolia's Boldsaikhany Khongorzul
Kayla Miracle, 62 kilograms
- First Round: 3-2 loss to Jia Long (China)
Kayla Miracle stumbled in a 3-2 defeat to China's Jia Long in her opening bout. Long then lost to Ukraine's Iryna Koliadenko in the quarterfinals, which eliminated Miracle from the competition. She finished 0-1.
Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Gold at 68 kilograms
- First Round: 10-0 technical fall win over Sara Dosho (Japan)
- Quarterfinals: 10-0 technical fall win over Zhou Feng (China)
- Semifinals: 10-4 win over Alla Cherkasova (Ukraine)
- Finals: 4-1 win over Blessing Oborududu (Nigeria)
Tamyra Mensah-Stock became the second American woman ever to win Olympic wrestling gold, joining Helen Maroulis, who won in 2016. Mensah-Stock went 4-0 and outscored her opponents 34-5 — and she navigated an incredible wave of talent to do it, too.
Mensah-Stock beat Japan's Sara Dosho, the 2016 Olympic champ and 2017 world champ; China's Zhou Feng, 2015 world silver-medalist who beat Mensah-Stock in 2020; Ukraine's Alla Cherkasova, 2018 world champion; and Nigeria star Blessing Oborududu, who powered through her side of the bracket by outscoring her foes 23-6.
Adeline Gray, Silver at 76 kilograms
- First Round: Winner by fall over Zaineb Sghaier (Tunisa)
- Quarterfinals: 6-4 win over Yasemin Adar (Turkey)
- Semifinals: 3-2 win over Aiperi Medet Kyzy (Kyrgyzstan)
- Finals: 7-3 loss to Aline Rotter-Focken (Germany)
Adeline Gray won silver with a 3-1 overall record. After a first-period pin in the first round, she registered back-to-back narrow victories to make the final: 6-4 over Turkey's Yasmine Adar in the quarters, and 3-2 over Kyrgyzstan's Aiperi Medet Kyzy in the semifinals.
In the gold-medal match, Gray lost to Germany's Aline Rotter-Focken, 7-3. Rotter-Focken scored a late exposure in the first period, then countered one of Gray's shots with a 4-point takedown in the second to go up 7-0. Gray tried to rally with a step-out point and a takedown, but the deficit proved too much.
Results from USA's Olympic Greco-Roman wrestlers in Tokyo
It was a struggle for the American Greco-Roman wrestlers in Japan. The 4-man squad combined for a 1-5 overall record.
Alejandro Sancho (67-kg) and John Stefanowicz (87-kg) both went 0-1 and weren’t pulled into the repechage. Ildar Hafizov (60-kg) lost to Cuba’s Luis Orta Sanchez, who ultimately won gold. Because he got to the finals, Hafizov was pulled into the repechage, but lost to Russia’s Sergey Emelin, 7-1, and finished 0-2.
G’Angelo Hancock (97-kg) registered the only win for USA, defeating Serbia’s Mikheil Kajaia, 5-1, in the first round. Hancock then lost to Poland’s Tadeusz Michalik, 4-3, in the quarterfinals.
Michalik did not make the finals, losing to Russia’s Musa Evloev, 5-1, in the semifinals, so Hancock was eliminated from the competition. Evloev ultimately won gold, while Michalik won bronze.
The United States last won a Greco-Roman Olympic medal in 2008, when Adam Wheeler won bronze at 96-kg. This makes a third-straight Games without a Greco-Roman medal for Team USA. That's tough.
Olympic wrestling brackets, results, mat assignments, matchups
Mat assignments can be found here. You can find updated brackets by clicking each weight below:
- 57 kilograms (125 pounds)
- 65 kilograms (143 pounds) – no USA entry
- 74 kilograms (163 pounds)
- 86 kilograms (189 pounds)
- 97 kilograms (213 pounds)
- 125 kilograms (275 pounds)
- 50 kilograms (110 pounds)
- 53 kilograms (117 pounds)
- 57 kilograms (125 pounds)
- 62 kilograms (136 pounds)
- 68 kilograms (150 pounds)
- 76 kilograms (167 pounds)
- 60 kilograms (132 pounds)
- 67 kilograms (147 pounds)
- 77 kilograms (169 pounds) – no USA entry
- 87 kilograms (191 pounds)
- 97 kilograms (213 pounds)
- 130 kilograms (286 pounds) – no USA entry
Olympic medal count: How many medals does the U.S. have?
Here's how the United States ranks in the overall Olympic medal race:
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.