Snyder, Dake, Graff, Downey receive draw for day three of men’s freestyle at World Championships

By Mike Willis, USA Wrestling | Sept. 20, 2019, 8:37 a.m. (ET)

Kyle Snyder and Abdulrashid Sadulaev in the 2018 World Championship finals.

 

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The final four U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers have received their draws for the World Wrestling Championships, and will start their competition on Friday.

 

At 61 kg Tyler Graff, Princeton, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC) opens his first Senior World Championships with Asian Championships fifth place finisher, Jin Cheol Kim of South Korea. Kim was 18th at the 2018 World Championships.

 

If he wins, he will face either 2019 Asian Championships silver medalist Minghu Liu of China, or Peter Bileichuk of Ukraine.

 

Returning World champion and No. 1 seed, Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC) drew Oibek Nasirov of Kyrgyzstan. Nasirov was third at the 2019 Asian Championships. Should he reach the semifinals, Dake would most likely see Asian champion Bahman Teymouri of Iran.

 

2012 Junior World silver medalist, Pat Downey, Cranbury, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC), another wrestler at his first Senior World Championships, will have Hovhannes Mkhitaryan of Armenia. Mkhitaryan finished 16th at the European Championships.

 

2017 World silver medalist Boris Makoev of Slovakia would be Downey’s most likely quarterfinal opponent should he win his first two matches.

 

Returning World silver medalist Kyle Snyder Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC) will face Mausam Khatri of India in the opening round. Khatri placed 19th at last year’s World Championships.

 

Snyder has the No. 1 seed in the bracket. The No. 2 seed is Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia. Snyder defeated Sadualev in the 2017 World Championship finals to clinch the team title for the U.S. In the 2018 finals, Sadulaev defeated Snyder by fall.

 

In addition to his 2017 title, Snyder owns a 2015 World title and a 2016 Olympic title.

 

U.S. Men's freestyle draw for Saturday

61 kg/134 lbs. - Tyler Graff, Princeton, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC)

Jin Cheol Kim (South Korea), 5th 2019 Asian Championships, 18th 2018 World Championships

 

79 kg/174 lbs. - Kyle Dake, Ithaca, N.Y. (Titan Mercury WC/Finger Lakes RTC)
Oibek Nasirov (Kyrgzstan), 3rd 2019 Asian Championships

 

86 kg/189 lbs. - Pat Downey, Cranbury, N.J. (Titan Mercury WC/NJRTC)
Hovhannes Mkhitaryan (Armenia), 16th European Championships, 9th at 2018 U23 World Championships

 

97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Kyle Snyder, Columbus, Ohio (Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
Mausam Khatri (India), 19th at 2018 World Championships