With the 2016 Olympics set to get underway tomorrow in Rio, its only 10 days until the wrestling games begin! Team McBryde brings you a look at two of the competitors in Team USA that we feel are special athletes to watch and potential gold medal winners.
The men’s freestyle 97kg division is highly competitive, featuring some amazing talent that boasts eight Olympic and world medallist’s, four of which are previous world champions. This will make for some enticing and exciting match ups that are sure to see a wild flurry of wrestling talent test their skills against one another in the fight for gold.
Amongst the line-up we have a shining star. Kyle Snyder, age 20 and last year’s winner of World gold in his debut at the senior world championships, becoming the youngest world champion in freestyle wrestling history when he defeated the Russian Abdusalam Gadisov in a tightly contested match up that saw Kyle take the win for the gold. At the Freestyle world cup, his undefeated run to the gold was unstoppable and he is looking in fine form. All i9n all2015 was a great year for Kyle as well, seeing him walk away the 2015 World champion and the 2015 Pan-American games champion. Kyle has grown from strength to strength as a senior wrestler.
Earning his spot on Team USA was no easy task to accomplish. At the Olympic trials, Kyle faced 2012 Olympic champion, Jake Varner, in a best two out of three matchups that saw him defeat the champion in the last two matches in thrilling style, after dropping the first. He rightly qualified for the games and earned his spot as a top contender on the USA Olympic team.
We believe Kyle is only just stepping into the greatness that he has the potential to achieve and he will be the one to watch in the 97kg bracket.
If there was a title for the best pound for pound wrestler, then it would have to go to this man, Jordan Burroughs. Regarded as the greatest wrestler of the modern generation, Burroughs has Dominated the 74kg bracket since his arrival on the professional men’s freestyle scene in 2011. The proud owner of three world titles, four world medals and an Olympic gold, Jordan is the man to beat and a true spectacle to watch on the mats. With an incredible senior record of 129-2, Jordan is a true wrestling prodigy and as the 2016 Olympics approach, he has the opportunity to use the games to become one of four Americans to ever receive Olympic gold, a feat that would place him in-line to be one of the greatest of all time in the sport of wrestling.
Watching Jordan wrestle is watching one of the all-time greats and his only threat to his second Olympic goal comes in the form of Russian, Aniuar Geduev, should these two meet in the games, then we will see possibly, one of the greatest wrestling matches of all time.
One thing is for certain, the wrestling at the 2016 Olympics will be better than ever, with quality match ups making for hours of quality wrestling, make sure you get your #RioWrestle schedule and hi-light the brackets to catch these two super-athletes take their best shot at achieving their dreams and capturing Olympic gold! To Kyle and Jordan, Team McBryde is with you, go Team USA!