The Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix is considered one of the toughest tournaments in the world. Held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia; the competition is loaded with top flight competition from around the world. Russia obviously brings a particularly strong contingent to this tournament on their home soil. This year the United States sent a salty group themselves, with nine current or former world team members. Four of which were World medalists, including World Champions, Kyle Snyder and Logan Stieber. It’s no surprise that this extremely talented group brought home some serious hardware from Russia.
The USA Women’s team brought home two medals, with two-time World Silver medalist, Ali Ragan earning silver at 53 kg and Tamrya Stock taking home gold at 68 kg. Stock became the first USA wrestler in history to win the Yarygin twice, as she was also a champion last year.
The men’s freestyle team also made history the day after Stock won gold, with Kyle Snyder winning gold at 97 kg and becoming the second American wrestler to win the Yarygin more than once (and the first male to accomplish the feat) Snyder was also a champion last year. For his feat, Snyder was voted the outstanding international wrestler of the tournament. In addition to Snyder, David Taylor won gold at 86 kg, pinning his opponents in the semi-finals and finals. Other placers for the USA include Kyle Dake taking second at 79 kg, Frank Molinaro earning bronze at 70 kg, and Nick Gwiazdowski also earning bronze at 125 kg.
Overall this was an impressive performance by the US squad at a notoriously tough international tournament which should help them better prepare for the World Championships in Budapest this summer.