FloWrestler Of The Week: Richie Lewis

Richie Lewis aka R.L. Savage completely embodied his alter ego as he clawed his way to the gold medal at the U23 Freestyle World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Sunday.

The Jersey boy started his run with a pair of dominant technical falls over Canada’s Caleb Rutner and Surkoh Rashytkahanau of Belarus to advance to the quarters, where he added decisions of 14-7 and 7-2, respectively, to punch his ticket to the 70kg finals. Once the match got started, it was clear that Lewis was going to be the aggressor, but it wasn’t until the second period that he scored his first points with a low single to get the takedown. 

The key moment in the title bout came when Lewis was in a bit of trouble, but he came back with a great counter to earn the step-out and make the score 3-1, where it would stay to give him the win. 

Richie Lewis’ world title run makes him our FloWrestler of the Week.

Lewis' Final Results

WIN Caleb Rutner (Canada), 10-0

WIN Surkoh Rashytkahanau (Belarus), 11-1

WIN Muhammet Akdeniz (Turkey), 14-7

WIN Zulfikar Makhamatov (Kazakhstan), 7-2

WIN Kumar Vinod (India), 3-1


FloWrestler of the Week Nominees:

Joey Mckenna: Claimed bronze at the U23 World Championships.

Ty Walz: Earned bronze at the U23 World Championships.

Willie Miklus, Missouri: Trailing 7-2 late in the match, went big to pick up a fall over No. 2 Jared Haught.

Dean Heil, OK. State: Picked up his 100th career win (50th win in a row) against SDSU.

Final Worlds Freestyle Recap

Day Three Post Game Show

The Men's Freestyle team wraps up Tuesday in Budapest with another successful World Championship campaign.

FRL 326 - USA vs Russia, We Love This Team + 2020 Thoughts

FRL 326 discusses the incredible USA vs Russia battle as well as our favorite performances.

Snyder vs Sadulaev: Match Notes

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What Does Sadulaev's Coach Think About Tonight's Final

For the second year in a row Kyle Snyder and Abdulrashid Sadulaev will meet in the finals of the World Championships. Russia may have the men's freestyle team race sewn up, but this one still means a lot, as the standard bearer for Russia and Team USA are wrestling with a gold medal on the line. 

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World Championships Day 4 Match Notes

Adeline Gray Road To Comeback

Good morning wrestling fans. Budapest powers through to day 4 and we're here to power through with us. Adeline Gray,  Erin Clodgo, Tamyra Stock and Forrest Molinari all wrestle for the first time today. Later tonight, Jacarra Winchester wrestles for bronze and Kyle Snyder faces off with Sadulaev for gold for the second year in a row. It's going to be another good one!

Day 3 Recap

Emergency State of the Union Breaking Down The Team Race

Day 1 Recap   |   Day 2 Recap   |   Team Race   |   Play-by-Play

World Championships Day 3 Medal Matches Match Notes

Kyle Dake Will Wrestle For Gold

We're back for more live blogging in our second to last session of Men's Freestyle at the 2018 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary! Kyle Dake and J'den Cox will wrestle for gold and Thomas Gilman will wrestle for bronze. Obviously, world medal matches are crucial, but now it's extra crucial with the epic battle Team USA is in with Russia for the men's freestyle team title. 

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World Championships Day 3 Prelim Match Notes

70 Semis - James Green, TMWC vs Jason Nolf, NLWC

Yesterday was a tough act to follow, but Day 3 in Budapest promises the first matches from James Green and Kyle Snyder plus the gold medal matches for Kyle Dake and J'den Cox as well as Thomas Gilman's bronze medal match. Plus the women get their tournament started. Jacarra Winchester and Jenna Burkert kick things off for Team USA"s distaff squad. 

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Day 2 Recap

J'den Cox Finally To World Finals

For full play-by-play see these updates.   |   Full medal match results here when available.

World Championships Bracket Reactions: 70 & 97 KG

Final X Highlights Kyle Snyder vs Kyven Gadson

The final two weight classes of the Men's Freestyle tournament have their brackets at last. Here's what Kyle Snyder and James Green have in store for them on day 3 of the 2018 World Championships from Budapest, Hungary. 

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World Championships Day 2 Semis & Medal Round Match Notes

92 kg Quarters - J’den Cox, TMWC vs Tanner Orndorff, Utah Valley RTC

Day 2 has just too much action for one single set of Live Updates. Thus, our second set of Live Updates, for the second session, which will contain the semifinals for 57, 65, 79 and 92 kg and also the medal matches for 61, 74, 86 and 125 kg. America will have wrestlers in seven of those weight classes. You guys, this round is kind of a big deal!

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