McKenna, Snyder earn medals at Junior Worlds

Joey McKenna earned a silver medal at 60 kilos (Photo/T.R. Foley)

ZAGREB, Croatia -- The United States won a pair of medals on the first day of men's freestyle at the FILA Junior World Championships in Saturday.

Claiming a silver medal at 60 kilos/132 pounds was Joseph McKenna, Towaco, N.J. (Lehigh Valley AC), with a bronze medal from Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Sunkist Kids) at 96 kilos/211.5 pounds.

In the finals, McKenna fell to Iman Sadeghikoukandeh of Iran, 0-8, but the match was way closer than that. The Iranian took a lead in the first period, and added to it in the second, leading 4-0 until the final seconds when McKenna attempted a throw and was countered for four points. McKenna had difficulty getting his shots through the Iranian's defense. Read full story …

U.S. men's Freestyle performances on Saturday

50 kilos/110 pounds -- Jabari Moody, Country Club Hills, Ill. (Harvey Twisters), 5th
WIN Azamat Toibek (Kazakhstan), 16-12
WIN Tsedev Mandalsuren (Mongolia), pin 1:47
LOSS Maghudjon Shavkatov (Uzbekistan), tech. fall 8-19, 4:26
LOSS Saber Sharestani (Iran), 0-10, 1:39

60 kilos/132 pounds -- Joseph McKenna, Towaco, N.J. (Lehigh Valley AC), 2nd
WIN Burghum Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 10-2
WIN Yo Nakata (Japan), 6-2
WIN Giorgi Bregadze (Georgia), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Dzianis Maksimau (Belarus), pin 1:49
LOSS Iman Sadeghikoukandeh (Iran), 0-8

74 kilos/163 pounds -- Anthony Valencia, Pico Rivera, Calif. (Sunkist Kids), 9th
WIN Tarzan Maisuradze (Georgia), tech fall 10-0
WIN Lawrence Jayden (Australia), tech. fall 10-0, 1:43
LOSS Murat Erturk (Turkey), pin 1:33

96 kilos/211.5 pounds -- Kyle Snyder, Woodbine, Md. (Sunkist Kids), 3rd
WIN Alexios Kaousilidis (Cyprus), 12-1 4:42
WIN Said Gamidov (Azerbaijan), 9-2
LOSS Gergii Gogaev (Russia), 1-8
WIN Angel Gochev (Bulgaria), tech fall 10-0
WIN Pedram Jamshidi (Iran), 7-1


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