Former Nittany Lion Nice David Taylor Wins 2022 World Championship as Penn State’s Olympic RTC and Group USA Dominate in Belgrade

September 18, 2022

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling program and the Penn State Olympic RTC helped lead Group USA to a dominant efficiency on the 2022 World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Led by former Nittany Lion nice David Taylor’s second world title at 86 kg, the Penn State Olympic RTC had 4 wrestlers competing for Group USA and all 4 completed within the prime two with to Gold Medalists and two Silver Medalists.
Former Nittany Lions David Taylor (86kg) rolled to the 2022 World Championship finals with three straight tech falls, together with an 11-0 tech over Kazakhstan’s Azamat Dauletbekov within the semis. He met Iran’s Hassan Yazdani Charati within the Gold Medal bout. After falling behind 1-0 on passivity, Taylor took a 2-1 lead into the bout’s halfway break with a takedown within the latter half of the opening interval. Taylor dominated the second interval, notching a takedown, forcing a step out and ending of the bout with one other takedown to win going away, 7-1. Taylor is now a two-time World Champion along with successful the Gold Medal on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Kyle Snyder (97kg) additionally moved into the finals at Worlds with three wins on Saturday. He superior to the semifinals with a choice and a tech fall. Within the semis, he posted a formidable 4-1 win over Iran’s Mohammadhossein Mohammadian to advance to the Gold Medal bout. He met Batyrbek Tsakulov of Slovakia within the finals. Snyder opened up an early 2-0 lead with a fast takedown towards Tsakulov. He added a 3rd level on passivity for Tsakulov and led 3-0 on the break. Snyder pressured his opponent all through the second interval and added three step out factors as he rolled to a 6-0 win and one more world title. Snyder now has three World Championships to associate with Olympic Gold and Silver medals.
Former Penn Stater Zain Retherford (70kg) rolled to the 70kg finals with a tech fall and three choices, together with a 7-0 win over Georgia’s Zurabi Iakobishvili within the semifinals. Within the finals towards Japan’s Taishi Narikuni, he fell sufferer to a counter takedown and leg lace, dropping a 10-0 bout. Retherford posted a 4-1 mark and left Belgrade because the 2022 World Silver Medalist. The medal was Retherford’s first senior degree medal.
Thomas Gilman (57kg) rolled into the finals at Worlds with three straight wins at 57kg. He opened with a tech fall and a victory earlier than downing China’s Wanghao Zou 8-2 within the semifinals. That win moved him into the Gold Medal match the place he took on Albania’s Zelimkhan Abakarov. Within the finals, Gilman gave up an early takedown and publicity to fall behind early. The Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2021 World Champion tried to battle again however misplaced a tricky 7-2 match. He left Belgrade because the 2022 World Silver Medalists, including to his {hardware} as a member of the Penn State ORTC/NLWC.
Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (74kg) wrestled for Uzbekistan and positioned fifth. Abdurakhmonov, who was a Bronze Medalist within the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, went 3-2 total, dropping within the semifinals and rebounding to advance to the Bronze Medal match the place he dropped a tricky 5-3 choice to Vasyl Mykhailov of Ukraine. Franklin Gomez (74kg) and Jane Valencia (57kg WFS) additionally certified, representing Puerto Rico on the occasion.
The Nittany Lion wrestling workforce returns 5 All-People, 4 nationwide champions and a handful of different NCAA qualifiers for the 2023 season. Penn State is coming off successful its ninth NCAA workforce championship within the final 11 tournaments.
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