Snyder wins Junior World title, Dieringer takes silver

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- The United States won a pair of medals on the opening day of the men's freestyle at the Junior World Championships, a gold medal from Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./OTC) at 96 kilos/211.5 pounds and a silver medal from Alex Dieringer (Port Washington, Wis./Cowboy WC) at 74 kilos/163 pounds.

Kyle Snyder and Alex Dieringer
Snyder won a wild final over Viktor Kazishvili of Armenia, falling behind early and almost getting pinned, but battling back for an impressive 11-4 technical fall in 4:04.

Kazishvili, who was third in the 2013 European Junior Championships, went upper body with Snyder and threw him to his back, almost getting the fall, but the tough American got free, but was trailing 4-1. He started a barrage of takedowns, as well as a turn, to take an 8-4 lead at the break. In the second period, a two-point takedown and a one-point pushout put him at 11-4 for the technical fall victory.

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