David Taylor (wrestler, born 1990)

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David Taylor
Personal information
Full nameDavid Morris Taylor III
Nickname(s)Magic Man
Born (1990-12-05) December 5, 1990 (age 28)
Reno, Nevada, United States
ResidenceState College, Pennsylvania
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
CountryUnited States
Event(s)Folkstyle & Freestyle
College teamPenn State University

David Taylor (born December 5, 1990) is an American world champion freestyle wrestler and former folkstyle wrestler. WIN Magazine twice awarded Taylor the Dan Hodge Trophy as the most outstanding folkstyle wrestler in college wrestling.

Early life[edit]

Taylor lived in several states before spending most of his youth in Wyoming and Ohio. In his youth, he admired world and Olympic champion Cael Sanderson, who is from the nearby state of Utah.[1]


Taylor competed for the wrestling team at Pennsylvania State University, where Cael Sanderson was head coach. In his first year, Taylor did not officially compete. In Taylor's freshman and junior seasons, he finished as an NCAA Division I national runner-up, and in his sophomore and senior seasons, he finished as a champion. WIN Magazine recognized his two championship seasons as the most outstanding performances in college wrestling, making him only the third wrestler to win the honor two or more times.[2]


In 2018, Taylor became the twelfth American wrestler to win the Golden Grand Prix Ivan Yarygin, a major wrestling tournament held annually in Siberia.[3] He followed that effort up by winning continental and world titles.

Match results[edit]

World Championships Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2018 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 86kg
Win 5-0 Turkey Fatih Erdin Tech Fall 12-2 October 21, 2018 2018 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest
Win 4-0 Russia Dauren Kurugliev 7-5 October 20, 2018
Win 3-0 Cuba Yurieski Torreblanca 8-0
Win 2-0 Belarus Hajy Rajabau Tech Fall 10-0
Win 1-0 Iran Hassan Yazdani 11-6

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix of Paris
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix of Spain
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Stepan Sargsyan Tournament
  • 1st, gold medalist(s) Grand Prix of Spain


In 2015, Taylor and Adidas released a line of wrestling apparel labeled “M2” after Taylor's college nickname “Magic Man”.[4] Taylor received the nickname "Magic Man" after a collegiate match in which he turned an unfavorable situation for himself into an advantage.[5] The apparel line began with wrestling shoes and since has expanded to clothing, posters and Adidas sponsored events.


  1. ^ Hipps, Andrew. "Iowa State-bound Taylor not afraid of challenges". Intermat. Intermat. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Penn State wrestler David Taylor wins Hodge Trophy". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Snyder wins back-to-back titles and Taylor also gets his gold on last day of Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia".
  4. ^ Ford, Bob. "Penn State wrestler David Taylor has one goal to go: the Olympics". Philly. PhillyArticles. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  5. ^ Goodwin, Cody. "Wrestling David Taylor". The Daily Iowan. The Daily Iowan.