November 28, 2022


David Taylor celebrating after defeating Aleksander Gostiev in their freestyle wrestling match.

United States’ David Taylor, left, celebrates after defeating Azerbaijan’s Aleksander Gostiev, proper, of their 86-kilogram match within the Freestyle Wrestling World Cup, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Iowa Metropolis, Iowa. (AP Picture/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Olympic males’s freestyle wrestling is slated to get underway in Tokyo on Wednesday, August 4
  • American David Taylor is favored to win the gold medal within the 86kg weight class
  • Within the 97kg division, each Abdulrashid “The Russian Tank” Sadulaev and Kyle Snyder (USA) are Olympic gold medalists

Olympic males’s freestyle wrestling is slated to get underway with opening matches in Tokyo on Wednesday, August 4. American grapplers are contenders to win a number of medals on the wrestling mat.

Wrestling is taken into account by many to be the world’s oldest sport. It’s a pure battle of bodily talent between two opponents with the intention of pinning or throwing their rival to the mat. The historical past of the game dates again to the times of the traditional Greek Olympics.

When the fashionable Olympic Video games started in 1896, Greco-Roman wrestling – allowing solely holds above the waist – was included within the Olympic program. Freestyle wrestling turned a everlasting a part of the Olympic Video games in 1908.

Wrestling from the Tokyo Video games will carried every day on the Olympic Channel. Motion from the mat can be caught on the USA Community and CNBC through the competitors. Streaming choices embody Peacock Premium and NBC’s official Tokyo Olympics streaming web site.

Olympic Males’s 74kg Freestyle Wrestling Odds

Wrestler (Nation) Odds
Kyle Dake (USA) -213
Zaurbek Sidakov (ROC) +175
Frank Chamzio (ITA) +600
Daniyar Kaisanov (KAZ) +1700
Bekzod Abdurakhmomov (UZB) +2000

Odds as of August 2 at DraftKings

The deepest area in any weight class will grapple for the 74kg gold medal. Russia’s Zaurbek Sidakov is the reigning two-time world champion however he’s solely seeded third in Tokyo.

Italy’s Frank Chamizo, a world champ at three completely different weight lessons, is the highest seed. Amerian Kyle Dake is dropping down from 79kg, the place he’s a two-time world champ.

They’re amongst 9 world medalists within the area. Each #2 seed  seed and  winner Daniyar Kaisanov of Kazakhstan (2019) and #4 seed Mostafa Hosseinkhani from Iran (2016) are world bronze medalists. Jeandry Garzon Caballero of Cuba and Bekzod Abdurakhmanov of Uzbekistan are a number of world championship medalists.

Franklin Gomez (2011) of Puerto Rico and Avtandil Kentchadze of Georgia (2018) are each world silver medal winners. Gomez would be the first athlete in Puerto Rican historical past to compete in three Olympic Video games.

Choose: Frank Chamzio (ITA) +600.

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Olympic Males’s 86kg Freestyle Wrestling Odds

Wrestler (Nation) Odds
David Taylor (USA) -160
Hassan Yazdani (IRI) +150
Artur Naifonov (ROC) +650
Deepak Punia (IND) +700
Myles Amine (SMR) +1800

Iran’s Hassan Yazdanicharati was Olympic champion in Rio at 74kg. He’s shifting up in weight in Tokyo, wanting so as to add one other gold medal. Standing in his path is American David Taylor.

In 2017 and 2019, Yazdanicharati gained world titles at 86kg. Nevertheless, in 2018, he suffered a shocking first-round loss on the worlds to Taylor. Taylor carried on to win the gold in his first and up to now solely World Championship look. He missed the 2019 tourney by means of harm.

Taylor was named UWW’s Males’s Freestyle Wrestler of the Yr in 2018. Nevertheless, due to his harm, he’s unseeded in Tokyo and will face a troublesome highway to gold.

Choose: Hassan Yazdanicharati (IRI) +150.

Olympic Males’s 125kg Freestyle Wrestling Odds

Wrestler (Nation) Odds
Geno Petriashvili (GEO) +140
Taha Akgul (TUR) +185
Gable Dan Steveson (USA) +200
Yusup Batirmurzaev (KAZ) +900
Yadollah Mohebbi (IRI) +1400

The heavyweight division of wrestling is dominated by two males. Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili gained the 2017, 2018 and 2019 world championships. He’s the #1 seed on this weight class in Tokyo. Nevertheless, Petriashvili solely gained bronze on the 2016 Rio Summer time Video games.

The gold medal 5 years in the past went to Turkey’s Taha Akgul. Both Akgul or Petriashvili have gained each heavyweight world or Olympic title since 2014. Coming into his third Olympiad, Akgul was wold champ in 2014 and 2015. He’s misplaced the final two world title gold medal bouts to Petriashvili. Akgul is seeded third in Tokyo.

The wildcard on this group is American Gable Dan Steveson. Simply 21, he’s an NCAA and world junior champion. He’s anticipated to affix the WWE following the Tokyo Summer time Video games.

Choose: Geno Petriashvili (GEO) +140.

Olympic Males’s 97kg Freestyle Wrestling Odds

Wrestler (Nation) Odds
Abdulrashid Sadulaev (ROC) -334
Mohammad Hossein Mohammadian (IRI) +350
Kyle Snyder (USA) +450
Abraham Conyedo (ITA) +1400
Sharif Sharifov (AZE) +1400

Russian Olympic Committee wrestler Abdulrashid “The Russian Tank” Sadulaev is taken into account one of many superstars of the novice model of the game. At 86kg, he was the 2016 Olympic gold medal winner in Rio. He was additionally a 4–time world champion (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019) and the Particular person World Cup champion (2020) in that division.

Transferring up in weight class, Sadulaev will probably be going face to face with the reigning Olympic gold medal winner in American Kyle Snyder. The 2 have met on the mat twice over the previous three years. Every wrestler has recorded one victory.

Choose: Abdulrashid Sadulaev (ROC) -334.

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