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Five For Friday: Wrestling

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 25, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Jordan Burroughs competes against Bekzod Abdurakhmonov of Uzbekistan in men's 74 kg. wrestling at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at Carioca Arena 2 on Aug. 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

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Two-time Olympian Jordan Burroughs will go after his fourth world championship on Saturday in Paris.

The competition in the men’s 74 kg. freestyle class is one of the highlights of this weekend’s world wrestling championships. The event began earlier this week with competition in Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle. Men’s freestyle takes center stage Friday and Saturday.

Among those joining Burroughs in the men’s freestyle competition are 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder, Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox and 2016 world champion Logan Stieber.

Burroughs, who won the gold medal at the Olympic Games London 2012, is looking for the top of the podium after losing twice at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and not medaling. He has won 146 of his 151 career international matches. Among those challenging the fourth-ranked Burroughs is Khetag Tsabolov of Russia. Olympic champion Hassan Yazdanicharati of Iran has moved up to 86-kg.

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Also on Saturday, Snyder looks to add a world title to his resume at 97 kg. Snyder, a 2015 world champion who is ranked number one in the world, could face Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev, who won the gold medal in Rio at 86 kg.

Cox is in the 86 kg. class and Stieber is in the 61 kg. class on Friday. Other U.S. men in the freestyle tournament are Thomas Gilman, 57 kg.; Zain Retherford, 65 kg.; James Green, 70 kg.; and Nick Gwiazdowski, 125 kg.

Men’s freestyle matches in the 57 kg., 61 kg., 86 kg. and 125 kg. weight classes are Friday, followed by the 65 kg., 70 kg., 74 kg. and 97 kg. classes Saturday.

The U.S. men’s freestylers are trying to win their first world team title since 1995.

On Wednesday, Olympic champion Helen Maroulis won her second world championship, defeating Olympic bronze medalist Marwa Amri of Tunisia in the title match of the women’s freestyle 58 kg. class.

TV: 1 p.m. ET  Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, Olympic Channel

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.