David Taylor, nicknamed the Magic Man, is an American freestyle wrestler who currently resides and trains in State College, Pennsylvania. Taylor was crowned the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Champion at 86 kg after defeating Iran's Yazdani in the finals. Other career accolades include 2018 World Champion in Budapest, 2021 World Silver medalist in Oslo, three-time Pan-American Champion, Ivan Yarygin Champion, two-time NCAA champion at Penn State, two-time Dan Hodge award winner, and four-time Ohio State Champion.
World Championships Men's Freestyle Bracket Reactions
Oct 1, 2021The best part of waking up is seeing fresh brackets from Oslo, in our humble opinion. Day 1 competitors Daton Fix, David Taylor, Kyle Dake & Nick Gwiazdowski have their draws, let's break them down before action gets underway in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Why You Can't Miss Taylor - Yazdani Round IV
Sep 27, 2021Yesterday I wrote about why Kyle Snyder vs Abdulrashid Sadulaev is the greatest wrestling rivalry of all time. I stand by that take. Just shy, but with the potential to catch them, is David Taylor and Hassan Yazdani.
65kg Worlds Preview - Is Yianni Ready To Win World Gold?
Sep 23, 2021Yianni Diakomihalis is Team USA’s world team rep at 65kg at the 2021 Senior World Championships. This 65kg World Championship preview will give an overview of Diakomihalis’ senior-level career and explore the careers of each of his potential competitors in Norway.
Daton Fix And Abasgadzhi Magomedov Highlight An Incredible Field At 61kg
Sep 23, 2021Daton Fix is Team USA’s world team rep at 61kg at the 2021 Senior World Championships. This 61kg World Championship preview will give an overview of Fix’s senior-level career and explore the careers of each of his potential competitors in Norway.
57kg Worlds Preview - Thomas Gilman's Time To Win Gold
Sep 23, 2021Thomas Gilman is Team USA’s world team rep at 57kg at the 2021 Senior World Championships. This 57kg World Championship preview will give an overview of Gilman’s senior-level career and explore the careers of each of his potential competitors in Norway.
World Championship Entries Released
Sep 8, 2021United World Wrestling released the entries for all three styles for the upcoming Senior World Championships. These entries are from each national governing body and are subject to change up until 3 days before the event. Take a look at all the entries below.
Olympic Games Expectations Vs Reality
Aug 8, 2021What an insane Olympic Games.
Live From Tokyo: Day 6 Olympic Updates
Aug 6, 2021David Taylor was 8 years old when he won his first national title in Tulsa, which poured gasoline on his fire to win at wrestling’s highest level.
Live From Tokyo: Day 5 Olympic Updates
Aug 5, 2021Our home this week is the APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari. The rooms are tiny, but the hotel itself is gigantic and it towers over the Chiba skyline next to the Tokyo Bay. It has five restaurants, a couple spas, a small shopping center and a pair of convenience stores.
Live From Tokyo: Day 4 Olympic Updates
Aug 4, 2021It was a late night here in Tokyo with all of the fanfare that followed Tamyra Mensah-Stock's victory in the 68-kilogram gold medal match. USA Wrestling's newest Olympic champion got ushered off the mat, past the television crews, back to the podium for the awards ceremony, back to the mix zone for more interviews, into the venue media center for a news conference and then back to doping control testing. It was after midnight here by the time Tamyra made it out of Makuhari Messe Hall. By then, even the cicadas had shut it down for the night.
Taylor, Gilman, & Maroulis Receive Olympic Draws
Aug 3, 2021Draws are out for both men's and women's freestyle at 57kg and men's freestyle at 86kg. The three Americans have mixed prospects. Here's what it could take for each to medal.
Tokyo Olympic Wrestling Betting Odds Breakdown
Jul 17, 2021Barstool just put out Olympic betting odds for every wrestling weight class being contested at Tokyo. They are the most comprehensive odds we've seen (if you know of others, please let me know!) which lends itself to careful analysis in our quest to find wagering value.
86kg U - What Colleges Have Produced The Best At 86kg For Team USA
Jul 3, 2021David Taylor will represent the United States at the Olympics at the 86kg weight class this August in Tokyo. Leading up to the Olympic Games, we’ll be exploring what colleges contribute the most World/Olympic team members and medals by weight class. In this article, we’ll analyze the last 30 years of results at 86kg from worlds and Olympics to see what college produces the best 86kg wrestlers.
Best Country At 86kg - Can USA Catch Russia?
Jul 3, 2021As the Olympic Games approach, we're going through a series of articles looking at what countries are historically the best at each Olympic weight. In this article, we’ll look at 86kg by analyzing the results from the World Championships and Olympic Games since 2000.
86kg Olympic Preview - David Taylor Vs Hassan Yazdani Round 3
Jul 1, 2021David Taylor is Team USA’s Olympian at 86kg in a field that includes 1 past world champion and 5 other world medalists. This 86kg Olympic preview will give an overview of Taylor’s senior level career and explore the careers of each of his potential competitors in Tokyo. We'll also break down the competitors into tiers based on medal contenders, dark horses and long shots at the Olympic Games.