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    Maroulis, Burroughs, Snyder, Bey honored in UWW 2017 year-end awards

    Over the holiday season, United World Wrestling posted its year-end awards on its website UnitedWorldWrestling.org and four American wrestlers were selected for international recognition.

    Below, we include the information on each award from the UWW website article, plus the link to the story and video that UWW posted on these awards.

    Helen Maroulis outscored her opponents 52-0 at the World Championships (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    2017 Performance of the Year: Helen Maroulis

    58kg WW: Helen Maroulis
    In one of the most dominant performances in recent memory, Helen Maroulis proved doubters wrong and showed that she had the ability to compete at 58kg. Already a 2015 world champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, Maroulis had her sights on gold in Paris. She outscored her opponents 52-0, including a controlling 11-0 technical superiority victory in the 58kg finals over Olympic bronze medal winner Marwa Amri (TUN).

    Link: 2017 Outstanding Performance

    2017 Comeback of the Year: Jordan Burroughs

    74kg: Jordan Burroughs (USA)
    Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion Jordan Burroughs (USA) was coming off an Olympic Games where his hand was only raised once. Leaving Rio, Burroughs was slotted as the ninth best wrestler at the Olympic Games.

    After surviving a scare from Ali Shabanau (BLR) in round one of the World Championships, Burroughs rallied off two technical superiority victories to reach the 74kg semifinals. Burroughs avenged one of his two Rio losses, defeating Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (UZB), 6-5. In the finals, Khetik Tsabolov (RUS) led with one minute remaining, but Burroughs tallied back-to-back takedowns to lock up the 9-6 win.

    Link: 2017 Comeback Wrestlers of the Year

    2017 Freestyle Match of the Year: Kyle Snyder

    97kg World Championship GOLD: Kyle Snyder (USA) v. Abdulrashid Sadulaev (RUS)
    The 97kg world final was arguably the most anticipated match-up of all time. The stage was set for two-time world champion and Olympic champion Kyle Snyder (USA) to take on two-time world champion and Olympic champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev (RUS). In addition to the individual title, the winner of the 97kg final determined the team race, as the USA and Russia were tied with 53 points. apiece.

    Snyder's takedown with 25 seconds left sealed the 97kg title, also clinching the United States' first team title since 1995.

    Link: 2017 Men's Freestyle Matches of the Year

    2017 Greco-Roman Match of the Year: Kamal Bey

    74kg Junior World Championship GOLD: Kamal Bey (USA) df. Akzhol Makhmudov (KGZ)
    Makhmudov took the early 1-0 lead off a pushout. Bey (USA) went on to score 11 points, ending the first period with a combined 17 points. With 30 second left, Makhmudov closed the gap and got the match to within two points. A final takedown for Bey with three seconds left sealed the match which ended with a total of 27 points.

    Link: 2017 Greco-Roman Matches of the Year

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