Seven U.S. World Team members claim men’s freestyle gold at Grand Prix of Spain

BY RICHARD IMMEL, USA WRESTLING

The U.S. men’s freestyle team with seven gold medalists at the Grand Prix of Spain.

MADRID, Spain – In their final tune-up for the World Championships, seven members of the U.S. World Team cruised to gold-medal finishes at the Grand Prix of Spain on Saturday morning.

As a whole, the seven World Teamers were dominant as could be, posting as 25-0 record with 17 technical falls and four pins between them all. Three athletes did not surrender a single point on their way to a championship.

"Today was a fun day for our World Team,” said U.S. National Freestyle Coach Bill Zadick. “Anytime you can go seven-for-seven at an international event, you've got to like that.”

The duo of Olympic champions, Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids) and Kyle Snyder (Woodbine, Md./Titan Mercury WC), both won four matches by 10-0 scores at the Pabellón Exterior del CSD in Madrid.

Receiving the wrath of Burroughs at 74 kg/163 lbs. were three-time Grand Prix of Spain champion Taimuraz Friev of Spain, 2016 Military World bronze medalist Nurgaliy Zholayev of Kazakhstan, Seyedali Mousavi of Iran and Canada Cup champion Jevon Balfour of Canada. The win pushes Burroughs Senior-level record to 146-5. He has made the last seven U.S. World or Olympic Teams, winning the 2012 Olympic gold, three World gold medals and one World bronze medal dating back to 2011.

Snyder imposed his will upon Nordic champion Sven Engstrom of Sweden, Adam Kariaev of Russia, 2016 Junior World champion and World No. 9 Hossein Shahbazigazvar of Iran and three-time African champion Martin Erasmus of South Africa at 97 kg/213 lbs. Snyder has made three-straight World or Olympic Teams. He won gold at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games, becoming the youngest American to win both of those events.

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