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David Taylor is USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

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David Taylor is USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

Postby nittanykid » Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:12 am

The Magic Man has been selected as Themat.com Athlete of the Week on February 20, 2017. David Taylor dominated the competition at the Freestyle World Cup, going 4-0 for Team USA at 86kg/189 lbs, defeating two Olympic gold medalists, an Olympic bronze medalist, and a Junior World Champion. He defeated 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Dato Marsagishvili of Georgia, 8-3 with three takedowns, including a four-point takedown off of a single leg. In their second match, Taylor helped the United States team beat the Russians with an impressive 14-4 technical fall over 2013 Junior World Champion, Vladislav Valiev. In their third dual against Azerbaijan, David once again won by technical fall, 12-2, this time over 2012 Olympic Champion and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Sharif Sharifov. In the finals against Iran, Taylor took the mat against the reigning 74kg/163 pound Rio Olympic gold medalist Hassan Yazdanicharati. With the dual still up for grabs, Taylor started the dual by giving up three step outs before he found his rhythm. He finished the match with four straight takedowns against Hassan, the last of which led to a pin at the 5:05 mark of the match.

Congratulations to David Taylor, proudly representing his country and his alma mater at the Freestyle World Cup! Best of luck to him and his teammate, Frank Molinaro as they prepare for the 2017 US World Team Trials!
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