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Wrestling: USA’s Snyder wins gold, Molinaro loses bronze bid

Wrestling - Olympics: Day 16

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Kyle Frederick Snyder of USA celebrates his semi final victory over Elizbar Odikadze of Georgia during the Mens Freestyle 97kg Wrestling at Carioca Arena 2 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Kyle Snyder is golden.

The 20-year-old American wrestler claimed the 97kg gold medal match against Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan in a 2-1 decision.

Snyder caught Goziumov’s leg off the ground in the first period’s second minute, scoring the match’s first point.

He went up 2-0 after Goziumov couldn’t score during a 30-second passivity warning, but it was 2-1 soon after on the same count for Snyder.

American 65kg wrestler Frank Molinaro only got halfway toward a bronze medal, defeating Ukraine’s Andriy Kvyatkovskyy 8-5 before falling to Italy’s Frank Chamizo 5-3.

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