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2020 Olympic Men’s Freestyle Wrestling Odds, Preview & Pick

David Taylor celebrating after beating Aleksander Gostiev in their freestyle wrestling match.

American David Taylor, left, celebrates after beating Azerbaijani Aleksander Gostiev, right, in their 86-kilogram match at the Freestyle Wrestling World Cup Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa . (AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall)

  • Olympic men’s freestyle wrestling set to start in Tokyo on Wednesday August 4
  • American David Taylor is favorite to win gold in 86 kg class
  • In the 97 kg division, Abdulrashid “The Russian Tank” Sadulaev and Kyle Snyder (USA) are both Olympic gold medalists

The Olympic men’s freestyle wrestling is scheduled to begin with opening matches in Tokyo on Wednesday, August 4. The American grapplers are in contention to win several medals on the wrestling mat.

Wrestling is considered by many to be the oldest sport in the world. It is a pure battle of physical skill between two opponents in order to pin or throw their rival to the mat. The history of the sport dates back to the time of the Olympics in ancient Greece.

When the modern Olympics began in 1896, Greco-Roman wrestling – allowing only holds above the waist – was included in the Olympic program. Freestyle wrestling became a permanent part of the Olympic Games in 1908.

The Tokyo Games wrestling will be broadcast daily on the Olympic Channel. Carpet action can also be caught on USA Network and CNBC during the competition. Streaming options include Peacock Premium and NBC’s official Tokyo Olympics streaming website.

Olympic Odds Men 74kg Freestyle Wrestling

Wrestler (Country) Odds
Kyle Dake (United States) -213
Zaurbek Sidakov (ROC) +175
Frank Chamzio (ITA) +600
Daniyar Kaisanov (KAZ) +1700
Bekzod Abdurakhmomov (UZB) +2000

Quotes as of August 2 at DraftKings

The deepest field of all weight classes will fight for the gold medal in the 74 kg. Russia’s Zaurbek Sidakov is the reigning two-time world champion, but is only seeded third in Tokyo.

The Italian Frank Chamizo, world champion in three different weight classes, is the seed. Amerian Kyle Dake falls to 79 kg, where he is double world champion.

They are among the nine world medalists in the field. No.2 seed and winner Daniyar Kaisanov of Kazakhstan (2019) and No.4 seed Mostafa Hosseinkhani of Iran (2016) are both world championship bronze medalists. Jeandry Garzon Caballero from Cuba and Bekzod Abdurakhmanov from Uzbekistan are several world championship medalists.

Franklin Gomez (2011) of Puerto Rico and Avtandil Kentchadze of Georgia (2018) are both world silver medalists. Gomez will be the first athlete in Puerto Rican history to compete in three Olympics.

Choice: Frank Chamzio (ITA) +600.

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Olympic Odds Men 86kg Freestyle Wrestling

Wrestler (Country) Odds
David Taylor (United States) -160
Hassan Yazdani (IRI) +150
Artur Naifonov (ROC) +650
Deepak Punia (IND) +700
Myles Amine (SMR) +1800

Iranian Hassan Yazdanicharati was Olympic champion in Rio in 74kg. He’s gaining weight in Tokyo, looking to add another gold. American David Taylor stands in his way.

In 2017 and 2019, Yazdanicharati won world titles at 86 kg. However, in 2018 he suffered a stunning first round loss at the world championships to Taylor. Taylor won the gold medal in his first and only appearance at the World Championships. He missed the 2019 tournament due to injury.

Taylor was named UWW Men’s Freestyle Wrestler of the Year in 2018. However, due to his injury he is unranked in Tokyo and could face a tough road to gold.

Choice: Hassan Yazdanicharati (IRI) +150.

Olympic Odds Men 125kg Freestyle Wrestling

Wrestler (Country) Odds
Geno Petriashvili (GEO) +140
Taha Akgul (TUR) +185
Gable Dan Steveson (United States) +200
Yusup Batirmurzaev (KAZ) +900
Yadollah Mohebbi (IRI) +1400

The heavyweight division of wrestling is dominated by two men. Georgian Geno Petriashvili won the 2017, 2018 and 2019 world championships. He is the No. 1 seed in this weight class in Tokyo. However, Petriashvili only won bronze at the Rio 2016 Summer Games.

Five years ago, the gold medal went to Turk Taha Akgul. Akgul or Petriashvili have won every heavyweight world or Olympic title since 2014. Entering his third Olympiad, Akgul was world champion in 2014 and 2015. He lost the last two fights for the gold medal for the title world against Petriashvili. Akgul is ranked third in Tokyo.

The wild card in this group is American Gable Dan Steveson. At just 21, he is the NCAA and Junior World Champion. He is expected to join WWE after the Tokyo Summer Games.

Choice: Geno Petriashvili (GEO) +140.

Olympic Odds Men 97kg Freestyle Wrestling

Wrestler (Country) Odds
Abdulrashid Sadulaev (ROC) -334
Mohammad Hossein Mohammadian (IRI) +350
Kyle Snyder (United States) +450
Abraham Conyedo (ITA) +1400
Cherif Cherifov (AZE) +1400

Russian Olympic Committee wrestler Abdulrashid “The Russian Tank” Sadulaev is considered one of the superstars of the amateur version of the sport. At 86 kg, he won the Olympic gold medal in 2016 in Rio. He was also a quadruple world champion (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019) and individual World Cup champion (2020) in this division.

Advancing in the weight class, Sadulaev will face reigning Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder of the United States. The two have met on the mat twice in the past three years. Each wrestler recorded a victory.

Pick: Abdulrashid Sadulaev (ROC) -334.

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