USA Wrestling 19-year-old Kyle Sny...

19-year-old Kyle Snyder powers into finals at World Championships

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | Sept. 11, 2015, 6:38 p.m. (ET)

19-year-old American Kyle Snyder advanced to the freestyle finals at the World Championships on Friday in Las Vegas. John Sachs photo.

LAS VEGAS – Kyle Snyder still has three years of college eligibility left.

But he’s only one win away from becoming the youngest World champion in United States wrestling history.

The 19-year-old Snyder turned in a phenomenal performance, winning four straight matches Friday to advance to the men’s freestyle finals of the World Championships.

Snyder started quickly before powering to a hard-fought 6-3 win over 2012 University World bronze medalist Abbas Tahan of Iran in the semifinals at 97 kg/213 lbs.

Snyder advances to face returning World champion Abdusalam Gadisov of Russia in the gold-medal match. Snyder becomes the youngest World medalist and finalist in U.S. history.

“Before the tournament started, I was expecting to win. That was my goal. That's still the plan,” Snyder said. “I have one more match to wrestle against a really tough guy. He's the guy I wanted to wrestle the most, so it should be exciting.

“It is amazing hearing the USA chants, especially on a day like today – September 11. It's important to come out here and represent your country to the best of your ability.”

The medal matches are set for 6:30 p.m. Friday night at the Orleans Arena. Snyder’s match will be the 12th and final bout of the evening. A live webcast of the matches will be shown at

Snyder and the 26-year-old Gadisov, a 2012 Olympian, will meet for the first time. Snyder, a 2013 Junior World champion, is wrestling in his first Senior World Championships.

Snyder placed second at March’s NCAA Championships as a true freshman for national team champion Ohio State. He plans to take an Olympic redshirt during the 2015-16 school year.

Snyder started strong with a 2-1 win over 2013 World bronze medalist Pavlo Oliinyk of Ukraine in the first round at 97 kg/213 lbs. Snyder picked up a pair of points after Oliinyk twice was put on the shot clock for passivity.

Snyder came right back to dominate No. 8 Radoslaw Baran of Poland 8-0 in the second round. Snyder then rolled past Pan American Games bronze medalist Jose Diaz of Venezuela 11-1 in the quarterfinals.

Leigh Jaynes-Provisor opened with a 10-0 technical fall over Junior and Cadet World bronze medalist Madina Bakbergenova of Kazakhstan in women’s freestyle at 60 kg/132 lbs.

Jaynes-Provisor came back to earn a tough 8-5 win over 2013 World bronze medalist Emese Barka of Hungary in the quarterfinals. Jaynes then lost by first-period fall to No. 3 Oksana Herhel of Ukraine in the semifinals.

Jaynes-Provisor will face Azerbaijan’s Irina Petr Netreba in the bronze-medal match on Friday night.

Three-time World Team member Reece Humphrey opened by holding off World bronze medalist Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan in the first round at 61 kg/134 lbs. The match ended in an 11-11 deadlock, but Humphrey won on criteria by virtue of scoring with a spectacular four-point throw.

Humphrey then dropped a 6-0 decision to 2013 Junior World silver medalist Nomin Batbold of Mongolia in the second round. Humphrey was eliminated when he lost by fall to India’s Bajrang in the repechage.

“It's a little bit of a tough draw – it's really disappointing,” Humphrey said. “A lot of people's hard work and sacrifice and a lot of months of training day in and day out. To have a poor performance is upsetting. That's wrestling. You have to be at your best and you have to beat the best. It's the World Championships. Everybody is good."

2009 World silver medalist Jake Herbert was unable to generate much offense in a 6-1 loss to No. 11 Sandro Aminashvili of Georgia in the first round at 86 kg/189 lbs. Herbert was eliminated when Aminashvili fell short of the finals.

"He got to my leg more than I got to his leg, and I don't know what it was but it wasn't my day," Herbert said. "I try to wrestle with the mentality that if you want to beat me, you have to kill me. I don't think I wrestled that way the whole six minutes."

The sixth and final day of the event is set for Saturday in Las Vegas.

American freestyle wrestlers Tony Ramos, James Green, Jordan Burroughs and Zach Rey are scheduled to compete.

Burroughs is an Olympic gold medalist, two-time World champion and three-time World medalist. Ramos is competing in his second Worlds. Green and Rey are competing in their first World Championships.

2015 World Championships
Sept. 7-12
Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Finals matchups

Women’s freestyle

60 kg/132 lbs.
Tserenchim Sukhee (Mongolia) vs. Oksana Herhel (Ukraine)

Men’s freestyle

61 kg/134 lbs.
Haji Aliyev (Azerbaijan) vs. Nomin Batbold (Mongolia)

86 kg/189 lbs.
Abdulrashid Sadulaev (Russia) vs. Selim Yasar (Turkey)

97 kg/213 lbs.
Kyle Snyder (USA) vs. Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia)

U.S. performances

Women’s freestyle

60 kg/132 lbs. – Leigh Jaynes-Provisor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
WIN Madina Bakbergenova (Kazakhstan), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Emese Barka (Hungary), 8-5
LOSS Oksana Herhel (Ukraine), fall 0:18
vs. Irina Petr Netreba (Azerbaijan) in bronze-medal match

Men’s freestyle

61 kg/134 lbs. – Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC)
WIN Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan), 11-11 criteria
LOSS Nomin Batbold (Mongolia), 0-6
LOSS Bajrang (India), fall 5:09

86 kg/189 lbs. – Jake Herbert, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)
LOSS Sandro Aminashvili (Georgia), 1-6

97 kg/213 lbs. – Kyle Snyder, Woodbine, Md. (Titan Mercury WC)
WIN Pavlo Oliinyk (Ukraine), 2-1
WIN Radoslaw Baran (Poland), 8-0
WIN Jose Diaz (Venezuela), tech. fall 11-1
WIN Abbas Tahan (Iran), 6-3
vs. Abdusalam Gadisov (Russia) in gold-medal match