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Americans Lee, Hall claim junior world titles in freestyle

Spencer Lee and Mark Hall won junior world titles (Photo/Justin Hoch)

MACON, France -- It was a golden night for the U.S. men's freestyle team at the 2016 Junior World Championships with Spencer Lee and Mark Hall both claiming gold medals and hoisting the American flag at night's end.

The American duo gave the U.S. its first two gold medalists at the Junior Worlds this week, and both achieved the monumental feat in thrilling fashion.

Lee entered the 50-kilogram gold medal match as the defending champion in the weight class and heavy favorite to repeat, but the American received all he could handle from Kyrgyzstan's Khurshid Parpiev who was competing in his first international tournament.

Right off the bat, Lee charged in with a body lock maneuver and was hip tossed for four points. Lee returned to score a takedown and step out to cut the lead to 4-3. The American soon found himself down by five after giving up two exposures off his own takedown attempt. Lee reeled off eight straight points in the waning moments of the match to win it in dramatic fashion, 11-9.

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