David Taylor Named USA Wrestling Athlete Of The Week
Former Penn State wrestler David Taylor was named TheMat.com’s Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday.
TheMat.com selects athletes of the week based on performance. The selection committee considers every level of wrestling from youth programs to Senior level.
Taylor, the 2015 U.S. Open champion, defeated Olympic bronze medalist and three-time World medalist Livan Lopez at 74 kg/163 lbs during the Beat the Streets “Salsa in the Square” dual on May 21 at New York City’s Times Square. Taylor led 6-0 early in the match before Lopez came back to tie it 6-6. Taylor answered with an aggressive attack in the dual meet to produce an 18-7 technical fall.
As a Nittany Lion, Taylor was a four-time Big Ten champion, a 2012 and 2014 NCAA champion, and a 2012 and 2014 Hodge Trophy award winner as college wrestler of the year.
Taylor will be the No. 1 seed in the Challenge Tournament at 74 kg/163 lbs. for June’s U.S. World Team Trials in Madison, Wis. The champion of this tournament will face returning medalist Jordan Burroughs in the best-of-3 finals at 74 kilos.