On the final day of the 2022 Ivan Yariguin Grand Prix, the USA collected its first three medals in men’s freestyle as Kyle Snyder, Jason Nolf and Zahid Valencia earned spots on the podium on Sunday.
2016 Olympic champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Kyle Snyder continued a dominant performance after a 3-0 effort on Saturday. Advancing to the 97 kg finals, Snyder faced 2017 Junior World champion and 2019 U23 World silver medalist Shamil Musaev of Russia, who he defeated with a decisive 8-3 victory to earn his third Yariguin title. With the gold, Snyder adds to his 2017 and 2018 titles, making him the first U.S. men’s freestyler to win the event three times.
Also competing in the finals was Pan American champion Jason Nolf, who impressed on his way to the 74 kg gold match. In the finals, he fell to 2019 U23 World champion Chermen Valiev from Russia, 6-1, to finish with a silver medal, which marks his third international medal in four attempts.
The final medal of the day came at 86 kg, where Zahid Valencia, a 2017 Junior World silver medalist, bounced back from a semifinal loss to claim bronze with a dominant 10-0 technical fall against Oman Ziyavudinov from Russia. This marked Valencia’s first international competition since June 2021.