Former OSU wrestler Kyle Snyder wins silver at Toyko Olympics

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OHIO (WJW) — Former Ohio State University wrestler Kyle Snyder won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 97-kilogram final at the Olympics Saturday.

The Russian Olympic Committee’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev took the gold after defeating Snyder 6-3.

Snyder was the Olympic gold medalist at 97kg in 2016, becoming the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history at the time. He is a two-time world champion.

Sadulaev was the Olympic gold medalist at 86kg in 2016 and is a four-time world champion.

Sadulaev led 6-0 in the final minute. Snyder scored two on a takedown and one on a step-out to make it 6-3 before Sadulaev held on.

Cuba’s Reineris Salas defeated Azerbaijan’s Sharif Sharifov for bronze. Salas, 34, had never won a world title or an Olympic medal. Sharifov, 32, won Olympic gold in the 84kg category at the 2012 London Olympics and earned bronze at 86kg in 2016.

In the other bronze medal match, Italy’s Abraham Canyedo Ruano defeated Turkey’s Suleyman Karadeniz 6-2.

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