The most intriguing storyline coming into the competition is the potential showdown of Olympic champions Sharif SHARIFOV (AZE) and Kyle SNYDER (USA) at 97kg. If the pair of superstars meet, it’d be a rematch from the ’19 world championship semifinals, where the London Olympic champion and Rio Olympic bronze medalist defeated the American, 5-2, en route to his world silver-medal run.
Sharifov shut down all 19 of Snyder’s attacks, while only surrendered an inactivity point and a step out in their Nur-Sultan meeting. In addition to earning a step-out point, he capitalized on a pair of Snyder’s attacks by scoring a takedown off a high crotch and two exposure points.
In my opinion, the key adjustment for Snyder to even the series: Get to the corner on his straight on attacks.