December 2, 2022


Breaking down Penn State Wrestling legend David Taylor’s path to olympic wrestling Gold Medal within the 2020 Tokyo Video games

Arguably essentially the most adorned Nittany Lion in Penn State Wrestling historical past, David Taylor, is ready to hit the Olympic mats within the coming days as he makes his debut for Crew USA at 86kg (freestyle).

So let’s check out what stands between Taylor and immortal glory within the gauntlet that’s the Males’s Freestyle 86kg group. Extra particularly, we’ll check out David’s worldwide historical past, how he’s faired towards a few of the grapplers in his bracket, in addition to a number of of the opposite prime contenders for gold.

Right here’s how Penn State Wrestling legend David Taylor can take residence the gold medal within the Olympic Video games

Worldwide File

David Taylor (USA)

Total File: 117-18

Worldwide Titles:
2018 World Gold
2018 Pan-Am Gold
2019 Pan-Am Gold
2021 Pan-Am Gold

File Towards 86kg Olympic Area:
Forfeit win over Pool Ambrocio (2020 Pan-Am OG Qualifier)
11-6 win over Hassan Yazdani (2018 Worlds)
Pinned (11-0) Boris Makoev (2018 Yasar Dogu)
11-0 win over Pool Amrocio (2018 Pan-Ams)
Pinned (14-4) Artur Naifonov (2018 Yarygin)
Pinned (8-4) Hassan Yazdani (2017 World Cup)

So, aside from all of that above, what have you ever completed for us currently, David Taylor? Huh?

That was a joke.

Sorry David, please don’t damage me along with your pinky finger.

There’s a few fascinating objects to notice concerning Taylor’s worldwide wrestling profession. At the beginning is the very fact he has not misplaced a global match since method again in November 2016 when he fell to the Ukraine’s Dmytro Rochniak 2-6 within the 2016 Worlds Membership Cup.

Since then David has gone an ideal 47-0 which incorporates 10 wins towards world medalists and 4 wins towards World/Olympic Champions.

Check out Taylor’s report towards the remainder of the 86kg Olympic Area. Discover a pattern there?

You’re appropriate. I do like to make use of the daring font method an excessive amount of. However additionally, you will discover he has not misplaced to anybody within the area in his illustrious worldwide profession.

And right here’s the opposite fascinating reality. David Taylor has not wrestled towards the very best on the planet in over two years. His final competitors on the world stage was the 2018 World Championships the place Taylor introduced residence the gold.

Whereas David has saved his sport sharp in each the Pan American Championships and US Olympic Crew Trials lately, it’s probably a large query mark how he nonetheless stacks up with the world’s greatest.

Talking of that, let’s check out Taylor’s first main hurdle on his approach to gold.



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