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    2020 Olympics: 97 kg Men's Freestyle Results and Notes

    2x Olympic gold medalist Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo/UWW)

    Monday marked the first medals that were handed out in wrestling at the 2020 Olympics. As each weight class has concluded we will have a wrap-up for each, which includes results and some notable facts related to the weight.

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    Qualification Results

    Abdulrashid Sadulaev (ROC) over Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan) 5-0

    Elizbar Odikadze (Georgia) over Mohammadhossein Mohammadian (Iran) 6-3

    Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba) over Aliaksandr Hushtyn (Belarus) 4-3

    Magomedgadji Nurov (Macedonia) over Mohamed Saadaoui (Tunisia) 5-0

    Alisher Yergali (Kazakhstan) over Mohammed Fardj (Algeria) Forfeit

    Suleyman Karadeniz (Turkey) over Magomed Ibragimov (Uzbekistan) 3-3

    Abraham Conyedo Ruano (Italy) over Albert Saritov (Romania) 6-1

    Kyle Snyder (USA) over Jordan Steen (Canada) 12-2

    Quarterfinal Results

    Abdulrashid Sadulaev (ROC) over Elizbar Odikadze (Georgia) 10-0

    Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba) over Magomedgadji Nurov (Macedonia) 6-4

    Suleyman Karadeniz (Turkey) over Alisher Yergali (Kazakhstan) 8-7

    Kyle Snyder (USA) over Abraham Conyedo Ruano (Italy) 6-0

    Semifinal Results

    Abdulrashid Sadulaev (ROC) over Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba) 4-0

    Kyle Snyder (USA) over Suleyman Karadeniz (Turkey) 5-0

    Repechage Results

    Abraham Conyedo Ruano (Italy) over Jordan Steen (Canada) 4-2

    Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan) over Elizbar Odikadze (Georgia) 7-5

    Bronze Medal Matches

    Abraham Conyedo Ruano (Italy) over Suleyman Karadeniz (Turkey) 6-2

    Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba) over Sharif Sharifov (Azerbaijan) 3-3

    Gold Medal Match

    Abdulrashid Sadulaev (ROC) over Kyle Snyder (USA) 6-3


    Abdulrashid Sadulaev won his second Olympic gold medal.

    Sadulaev now has six World/Olympic Championships and seven world/Olympic medals.

    He has made the finals of every World/Olympic Championship since 2014.

    Sadulaev defeated Kyle Snyder for the second time in a World/Olympic final. Sadualev has taken the lead in the series two-matches-to-one.

    During Sadulaev's two Olympic Games he has outscored the competition 53-4.

    Snyder is now a two-time Olympic Medalist (2nd - 2020; 1st - 2016).

    Snyder has earned World/Olympic medals in every year since 2015.

    Though he has been a staple on the world scene for over a decade, Reineris Salas Perez earned his first Olympic medal.

    Salas Perez is now a four-time World/Olympic medalist.

    Salas Perez defeated a pair of returning world medalists during his bronze medal run (Sharifov and Nurov), plus 2020 Individual World Cup silver medalist Aleksandr Hushtyn.

    Abraham Conyedo-Ruano is now a two-time World/Olympic medalist.

    The quadrant at the top of the bracket that includes Sadulaev, Sharif Sharifov, Elizbar Odikadze, and Mohammadhossein Mohammadian was insane. Over the course of their careers, these veterans have combined to amass 14 world medals, 3 Olympic Gold medals, and five world championships.

    This weight class had the most returning World/Olympic medalist of any men's freestyle bracket. Three first round matches featured past world medalists clashing (Sadulaev/Sharifov, Odikadze/Mohammadian, Conyedo Ruano/Saritov).

    Six of the world medalists were found in the top half of the bracket.

    Only the top two seeds made the podium (Sadulaev and Snyder) and in that exact order.

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