Kyle Snyder, 20, wins gold medal in freestyle wrestling

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

American wrestler Kyle Snyder won gold on Sunday, becoming the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history.

The 20-year-old Snyder beat Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan 2-1 for gold at 97 kilograms during the men's freestyle tournament.

Snyder, who wrestles for Ohio State, is the second straight American wrestler to win Olympic gold in his weight class. Jake Varner, whom Snyder beat at the U.S. Olympic trials in April, won in London four years ago.

Earlier Sunday, Snyder rallied from a four-point deficit againstGeorgia's Elizbar Odikadze in the semifinals to win 9-4 and advance to the gold-medal match.

Snyder's win continues a U.S. streak of at least one men's freestyle champion in every Olympics since 1968.