Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder will be back on the freestyle mats this weekend in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. He is leading a team of just three U.S. men's freestyle athletes to compete in the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix. On the women's side, world silver medalist Alli Ragan headlines a group of four U.S. athletes competing in the bracket this year.
None of the three men's freestylers will compete on the first day of the tournament. Yarygin will be Ragan's first time on the mat since her strong run to a silver medal at last month's non-Olympic weight world championships. Senior nationals champion Victoria Anthony will be wrestling in Russia for the first time since the 2013 University Games, while Olympic Trials champ Tamrya Mensah is making her Russian debut this Friday.
Competing on day two are past NCAA champions Nick Gwiazdowski and Cody Brewer. Gwiazdowski was last seen getting the match-clinching takedown to seal Titan Mercury's title at the World Freestyle Clubs Cup. Brewer has not competed since the Bill Farrell in November. Sarah Hildebrandt, this year's world team member at 55kg, is a veteran on the international scene and will join Brewer and Gwiazdowski on Saturday.
Cody Brewer's epic Farrell quarterfinal with Nahshon Garrett:
Snyder is looking for his first Yarygin title after that infamous loss to Anzor Boltukaev in last year's semifinals. Unfortunately for wrestling fans, no part of Russia's three-headed dragon of Abdusalam Gadisov, Khadjimurt Gatsalov or Boltukaev will be in action.
Both U.S. teams will be accompanied by their respective head coaches in Bill Zadick and Terry Steiner. Other notable foreign entries include 2015 world champ Frank Chamizo of Italy and Rio silver medalist Rei Higuchi of Japan. We will release brackets as they come out publicly.
U.S. men's freestyle team61 kg: Cody Brewer (Titan Mercury/Chicago RTC)
97 kg: Kyle Snyder (Titan Mercury/Ohio RTC)
125 kg: Nick Gwiazdowski (Titan Mercury/Wolfpack WC)
National freestyle coach: Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, CO
National freestyle assistant coach: Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa
Videographer: Del Hawkins, Nashville, TN
U.S. women's freestyle team48 kg: Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids)
55 kg: Sarah Hildebrandt (NYAC/OTC)
60 kg: Alli Ragan (Sunkist Kids)
69 kg: Tamyra Mensah (Titan Mercury)
National women's freestyle coach: Terry Steiner, Colorado Springs, CO
National women's freestyle assistant coach: Vladislav "Izzy" Izboinokov, Colorado Springs, CO
Referee: Tim Pierson, Virginia Beach, VA
Medical: Dr. Andrew Peterson, Iowa City, Iowa
2017 Ivan Yarygin Memorial International schedule
Friday, January 27
Men's freestyle (57 kg, 74 kg), Women's freestyle (48 kg, 58 kg, 60 kg, 69 kg)
Saturday, January 28
Men's freestyle (61 kg, 86 kg, 125 kg), Women's freestyle (53 kg, 55 kg, 63 kg, 75 kg)
Sunday, January 29
Men's freestyle (65 kg, 70 kg, 97 kg)
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