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Canada's Jordan Steen unable to wrestle away upset in men's 97kg freestyle

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Canadian Jordan Steen competes against American Kyle Snyder in the opening round of the men's 97-kilogram freestyle wrestling competition at the Tokyo Games on Friday. (Reuters/Leah Mills - image credit)
Canadian Jordan Steen competes against American Kyle Snyder in the opening round of the men's 97-kilogram freestyle wrestling competition at the Tokyo Games on Friday. (Reuters/Leah Mills - image credit)

Canada's Jordan Steen was unable to wrestle away an upset victory, falling to American Kyle Snyder 4-1 (12-2 technical points) in the opening round of the men's 97-kilogram freestyle event at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

The match was stopped early in the second period, with the call being a win by technical superiority, after Snyder, the reigning Olympic champion, scored a quick takedown to make it 12-2 on technical points.

Steen, of Tecumseh, Ont., managed to get Snyder down with a quick move to score the first two points of the match.

But Snyder turned it on from there, seamlessly scoring five takedowns in a row. The score at the end of the first period was 10-2 on technical points.

The loss doesn't end Steen's time in Tokyo just yet.

The 30-year-old will have a chance to compete again, if Snyder is able to make it to the final. Wrestlers who lose to a finalist are entered into the repechage.

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