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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.

  1. World Championships Men's Freestyle Bracket Reactions

    World Championships Men's Freestyle Bracket Reactions

    Oct 1, 2021

    The 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.
  2. Why You Can't Miss Taylor - Yazdani Round IV

    Why You Can't Miss Taylor - Yazdani Round IV

    Sep 27, 2021

    Yesterday 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.
  3. 65kg Worlds Preview - Is Yianni Ready To Win World Gold?

    65kg Worlds Preview - Is Yianni Ready To Win World Gold?

    Sep 23, 2021

    Yianni 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.
  4. Daton Fix And Abasgadzhi Magomedov Highlight An Incredible Field At 61kg

    Daton Fix And Abasgadzhi Magomedov Highlight An Incredible Field At 61kg

    Sep 23, 2021

    Daton 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.
  5. 57kg Worlds Preview - Thomas Gilman's Time To Win Gold

    57kg Worlds Preview - Thomas Gilman's Time To Win Gold

    Sep 23, 2021

    Thomas 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.
  6. World Championship Entries Released

    World Championship Entries Released

    Sep 8, 2021

    United 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.
  7. Olympic Games Expectations Vs Reality

    Olympic Games Expectations Vs Reality

    Aug 8, 2021

    What an insane Olympic Games.
  8. Live From Tokyo: Day 6 Olympic Updates

    Live From Tokyo: Day 6 Olympic Updates

    Aug 6, 2021

    David 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.
  9. Live From Tokyo: Day 5 Olympic Updates

    Live From Tokyo: Day 5 Olympic Updates

    Aug 5, 2021

    Our 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.
  10. Live From Tokyo: Day 4 Olympic Updates

    Live From Tokyo: Day 4 Olympic Updates

    Aug 4, 2021

    It 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.
  11. Taylor, Gilman, & Maroulis Receive Olympic Draws

    Taylor, Gilman, & Maroulis Receive Olympic Draws

    Aug 3, 2021

    Draws 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.
  12. Tokyo Olympic Wrestling Betting Odds Breakdown

    Tokyo Olympic Wrestling Betting Odds Breakdown

    Jul 17, 2021

    Barstool 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.
  13. 86kg U - What Colleges Have Produced The Best At 86kg For Team USA

    86kg U - What Colleges Have Produced The Best At 86kg For Team USA

    Jul 3, 2021

    David 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.
  14. Best Country At 86kg - Can USA Catch Russia?

    Best Country At 86kg - Can USA Catch Russia?

    Jul 3, 2021

    As 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.
  15. 86kg Olympic Preview - David Taylor Vs Hassan Yazdani Round 3

    86kg Olympic Preview - David Taylor Vs Hassan Yazdani Round 3

    Jul 1, 2021

    David 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.