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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. Final X Match Order Locked In

    Final X Match Order Locked In

    May 11, 2022

    USA Wrestling has finalized the bout order and event structure for both Final X Stillwater, presented by Tezos, on Friday, June 3, as well as Final X New York, presented by Tezos, on Wednesday, June 8.
  2. David Taylor Accepts Bid To Final X NYC

    David Taylor Accepts Bid To Final X NYC

    Apr 25, 2022

    by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
  3. US Open Men's Freestyle Cheat Sheet

    US Open Men's Freestyle Cheat Sheet

    Apr 25, 2022

    In which we provide a quick guide to the men's freestyle weight classes at the USMC US Open.
  4. Top 100: By The Numbers

    Top 100: By The Numbers

    Feb 1, 2022

    Below is a full listing of FloWrestling's Top 100 American Wrestlers of All Time along with college wrestling affiliations. Several went to multiple colleges, which is why a wrestler may be listed more than once.
  5. The Top 100 Countdown: 20-11

    The Top 100 Countdown: 20-11

    Dec 31, 2021

    The countdown continues as FloWrestling releases its top 100 greatest American wrestlers of all time. The inaugural episode was released on November 4 and will end with the announcement of the greatest wrestler of all time on January 10, 2022.
  6. Many Of Sport's Elite Wrestlers Not Becoming College Coaches

    Many Of Sport's Elite Wrestlers Not Becoming College Coaches

    Nov 2, 2021

    Will the next great college wrestling coach please stand up?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Olympic Games Expectations Vs Reality

    Olympic Games Expectations Vs Reality

    Aug 8, 2021

    What an insane Olympic Games.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.