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Aug. 5 Report: U.S. wrestling brings home three medals, one gold in fifth day of competition

By Alex Coil, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication | Aug. 05, 2021, 1:13 p.m. (ET)

U.S. wrestler David Taylor celebrates winning gold in the 86kg men's freestyle at the 2020 Olympic Games.

On the fifth day of Olympic wrestling competition, U.S. wrestlers brought home three medals, one of them gold, to win the sport’s fifth medal overall and second gold medal of these Games. 

David Taylor (Penn State, wrestling) won the first gold medal of his career by defeating Hassan Yazdani Charati of Iran in the men’s freestyle 86kg final. The former Nittany Lions wrestler attributed much of his international success to collegiate preparation.

“Back home at Penn State, we've got these young killers,” Taylor said. “They bring the fire every single day and you've got no choice. They keep me young, excited, hungry. They help me prepare every step of the way, I am challenged all the time. I believe in myself. I want to be here."

Before the final, Taylor knew he was one step away from achieving an ultimate goal. 

"I've dreamed of nothing but a gold medal,” Taylor said following his semifinal victory. “I'm going to have to go out and earn it every single second.”

Taylor did just that, winning gold by a single point, 4-3.

On the women’s side, Helen Maroulis (Simon Fraser, wrestling) took home the bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 57kg competition. Maroulis did not allow a point in an 11-0 victory over Khongorzul Boldsaikhan of Mongolia.

In the men’s freestyle 57kg bronze medal match, Thomas Gilman (Iowa, wrestling) defeated Reza Atrinagharchi of Iran  9-1.

U.S. wrestling looks to add another gold medal as Gable Steveson (Minnesota, wrestling) competes in the men’s freestyle 125kg final on Friday morning.

 

Tokyo talk

- The U.S. baseball team defeated the Republic of Korea to advance to the gold medal game against Japan. Ryder Ryan (North Carolina, baseball) earned the win in relief, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings.

- The U.S. beach volleyball pair of April Ross (USC, beach volleyball) and Alix Klineman (Stanford, beach volleyball) advanced to the gold medal game by defeating Switzerland 2-0.

- U.S. diver Delaney Schnell (Arizona, swimming and diving) finished fifth in the women’s 10-meter platform finals with a score of 340.40.

- The U.S. men’s basketball team defeated Australia to advance to the gold medal game. Kevin Durant (Texas, men’s basketball) and Devin Booker (Kentucky, men’s basketball) led the way with 23 and 20 points, respectively.

- U.S. athletes Ryan Crouser (Texas, track and field) and Joe Kovacs (Penn State, track and field) each placed in the top two in men’s shot put. Crouser, who won gold, threw an Olympic record 23.30 meters. Kovacs tossed 22.65 meters for silver.

- In the men’s 110-meter hurdles final, Grant Holloway (Florida, track and field) won silver with a time of 13.09.

- In women’s pole vault, U.S. athlete Katie Nageotte (Ashland and Dayton, track and field) took home the gold medal with a 4.90.

- The U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Australia to win the bronze medal. Carli Lloyd (Rutgers, women’s soccer) and Megan Rapinoe (Portland, women’s soccer) each scored two goals.

- The U.S. women’s water polo team advanced to the gold medal game with a victory over the Russian Olympic Committee. Maddie Musselman (UCLA, women’s water polo) scored five times to lead all scorers.

Looking ahead

U.S. women’s basketball takes on Serbia in the semifinals on Friday at 12:40 a.m. EDT.

Quote of the day

 “My strength coach, Jimmy Radcliffe, he’s more of a father figure, somebody I look up to in the sense of doing things right, holding yourself accountable, and being on time, and making your bed in the morning, and making sure you’re starting the day off right. Because if you don’t do that, your life’s going to be in shambles, and I learned a lot from him and I still do the same.” - Devon Allen (Oregon, track and field) on influential coaches during his collegiate career

 

Alex Coil, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Alex Coli is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a collaboration between the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.