Mathew Ramos with the American flag after winning a Cadet world title (Photo/Martin Gabor)
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Matthew Ramos spent his Fourth of July atop the Cadet World podium, listening to the U.S. national anthem after being crowned the best in the world at 51 kg on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.
"I can't even explain it right now. It's amazing," Ramos said. "I wish I got to my offense more, but I don't even care right now. I'm just so excited…this is just an amazing experience. It's awesome."
Ramos took on Kota Takahashi of Japan in the 51-kilogram finals. At the break, the American was up 2-2 on criteria, thanks to a takedown in the first.
Takahashi scored a takedown early in the second, and shortly after Ramos was hit with a caution-and-one. In the moments following, a scramble ensued and Ramos stepped over, putting the Japanese to his back and getting the fall in 2:40 to become a World champion.
In addition to Ramos, two other wrestlers claimed bronze medals to wrap up USA's men's freestyle competition.
Both Alex Facundo and AJ Ferrari overcame deficits late in the match to earn spots on the podium.
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