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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. David Taylor Is Considering A Career In MMA 'More Than Ever Before'

    David Taylor Is Considering A Career In MMA 'More Than Ever Before'

    Nov 15, 2022

    David Taylor is enjoying life as an Olympic gold medalist and 2X World champion. He recently attended UFC 281 in Madison Square Garden and then sat down with prominent MMA journalist Ariel Helwani to discuss his past two years and what lies ahead. The biggest takeaway was that Taylor's main goal is to win the 2024 Olympics in Paris, and then anything is on the table, including a career in MMA.
  2. FRL 848 - David Taylor Talks Yazdani, Dake, & Coaching

    FRL 848 - David Taylor Talks Yazdani, Dake, & Coaching

    Oct 19, 2022

    David Taylor joins Askren, CP, and Bray to talk about his World Championships performance, Dake's move to NLWC, club coaching, and more.
  3. Team USA Men's Freestyle Updates At The 2022 World Championships

    Team USA Men's Freestyle Updates At The 2022 World Championships

    Sep 18, 2022

    It's all about the team race: USA vs Iran! It's party time in Belgrade, let's go!
  4. Senior World Championships Match Notes - Day 6

    Senior World Championships Match Notes - Day 6

    Sep 15, 2022

    Team USA has a big session with lots of hardware on the line. Zain Retherford (70 kg), Jordan Burroughs (79 kg), and David Taylor (86 kg) are in the semis while Helen Maroulis (57 kg), Tamyra Mensah-Stock (68 kg), and Amit Elor (72 kg) wrestle for gold medals. The action begins at 10:45 a.m. Eastern.
  5. 2022 Worlds Bracket Breakdown - Men's Freestyle

    2022 Worlds Bracket Breakdown - Men's Freestyle

    Sep 14, 2022

    Men’s Freestyle at the World Championships will start Thursday morning in Belgrade, Serbia. Before the action kicks off, let’s take a look at each American’s path to the world finals!
  6. Team USA Women's Updates At The 2022 World Championships

    Team USA Women's Updates At The 2022 World Championships

    Sep 14, 2022

    The American women continue to make strides on the senior level. Belgrade will be another opportunity to make a statement on the world stage.
  7. Senior World Championships Match Notes - Day 5

    Senior World Championships Match Notes - Day 5

    Sep 14, 2022

    It's a big session for the U.S. women's freestyle team. Keep up to date as Dom Parrish (53 kg) wrestles for gold, Sarah Hildebrandt (50 kg) and Mallory Velte (65 kg) go for bronze and Helen Maroulis (57 kg), Tamyra Mensah-Stock (68 kg), and Amit Elor (72 kg) wrestle in the semifinals. The action begins at 10:45 p.m. Eastern.
  8. Senior World Championships Match Notes - Day 4

    Senior World Championships Match Notes - Day 4

    Sep 13, 2022

    The U.S. women's freestyle wrestling team has a big day ahead beginning at 10:45 a.m. Eastern. Sarah Hildebrandt (50 kg) and Dom Parrish (53 kg) wrestle their semifinal bouts while Jacarra Winchester (55 kg) goes for bronze and Kayla Miracle (62 kg) goes for gold.
  9. Senior World Championships Match Notes - Day 3

    Senior World Championships Match Notes - Day 3

    Sep 12, 2022

    Keep up to date at the 2022 World Championships as Jacarra Winchester and Kayla Miracle wrestle for a spot in the World finals. The action begins at 10:45 a.m. Eastern on FloWrestling.
  10. NWCA All-Star Classic Makes Its Return After Four-Year Absence

    NWCA All-Star Classic Makes Its Return After Four-Year Absence

    Sep 9, 2022

    The National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic presented by Cliff Keen will make a triumphant return this year — and the scheduled matchups will make for one of the best wrestling events this year.
  11. Belgrade Bracket Breakdowns: Women's Freestyle 62, 65, 68, 72, 76 KG

    Belgrade Bracket Breakdowns: Women's Freestyle 62, 65, 68, 72, 76 KG

    Sep 9, 2022

    With the chaos of COVID-19 and the Olympic Games’ postponement, it’s been three long years since wrestling had a typical World Championships. Thankfully, this year’s tournament promises plenty of intriguing storylines and ample opportunity for the American women to further prove themselves on the world stage. Don’t miss the women’s freestyle competition, which will take place from September 12-15.
  12. Belgrade Bracket Breakdowns: Women's Freestyle 50, 53, 55, 57, 59 KG

    Belgrade Bracket Breakdowns: Women's Freestyle 50, 53, 55, 57, 59 KG

    Sep 9, 2022

    Note: This story and medal predictions at 50 and 53 kilograms has been updated after Azerbaijan's Mariya Stadnik and Japan's Akari Fujinami withdrew from the World Championships with injuries.
  13. All The Transfers At The World Championships

    All The Transfers At The World Championships

    Sep 9, 2022

    My friend Jon Kozak wrote "2022 Senior Worlds College Fan Guide - Men's Freestyle" which is a similar piece of content that includes several of the same names. This list differs in that it includes a lot of Russian wrestlers who never attended college in the US and excludes wrestlers who were born and/or raised in a country and then moved to the US for school.
  14. Decorated USA Women's Squad Headed To Belgrade On Medal Mission

    Decorated USA Women's Squad Headed To Belgrade On Medal Mission

    Sep 8, 2022

    USA Wrestling is sending a powerful women’s lineup to Belgrade, Serbia, a team that includes six returning medalists, four of whom reached the podium last year in Oslo. U.S. women will try to improve on their silver medal finish as a team last year, but will have to overtake a Japanese program that seems to run away with the team race every year. The drama will play out beginning Monday and wrapping up Thursday.
  15. USA Greco Squad Locked In For Belgrade After Roster Turnover

    USA Greco Squad Locked In For Belgrade After Roster Turnover

    Sep 7, 2022

    The 2022 United States Senior World Team is different from how it was originally composed in the aftermath of the Final X Series. Three athletes – all of whom having been recent Olympians – will no longer be suiting up in Belgrade. In addition, the acting head coach is not the same guy who was seen taking pictures alongside the Final X victors back in June, nor was he around when the majority of this year’s World Teamers first began wrestling on the Senior level altogether.