Yianni Diakomihalis (Photo/Alireza Akbari)
TBILISI, Georgia -- History was made on the final day of the 2016 Cadet World Championships with Yianni Diakomihalis and Gable Steveson becoming the first two Americans to ever win two Cadet World gold medals, and Travis Wittlake grasping bronze to give the U.S. seven total medals in men's freestyle.
Diakomihalis was the first American up on Sunday evening at New Sports Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia, and he stayed true to his championship form. In the 63 kg/138.75 lbs. gold medal match, Diakomihalis was dominant in all phases to secure an 8-0 win over two-time Cadet European medalist Stefan Tonu of Moldova.
"That was probably the best match I wrestled all day," an energetic Diakomihalis said after winning gold. "So, like, it's good that I won, but it's good that I finished off wrestling well. Overall I was completely wrestling from setup to finish. It was good."
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