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Kyle Snyder, Sarah Hildebrandt help carry U.S. to top of wrestling medal tally

Americans Kyle Snyder and Sarah Hildebrandt were among the medalists in the final day of wrestling at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday as the United States finished with nine medals -- more than any other nation and the most it has won since the 1984 Games that several nations, led by the Soviet Union, boycotted.

Snyder claimed silver after losing 6-3 to Abdulrashid Sadulaev of the Russian Olympic Committee in the men's freestyle 97-kilogram final.

Snyder, who is 25, was trying to defend his gold medal in the weight class from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Sadulaev was the Olympic gold medalist at 86 kilograms in 2016 and is a four-time world champion.

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Hildebrandt won one of two bronzes in the women's freestyle wrestling 50-kilogram field by defeating Ukraine's Oksana Livach by technical superiority, 12-1.

Among the nine U.S. medals were three gold: Gable Steveson and David Taylor with dramatic last-second victories for the men and Tamyra Mensah-Stock for the women. All five U.S. men's freestyle qualifiers won medals.

"Guys are getting better and better," Snyder said. "Everybody is doing the right stuff. We have great coaches, support staff and training environments. I'm really happy for all my teammates who did a great job here and all the coaches because they work so hard. I think we're going to dominate and keep getting better."

Said Hildebrandt: "Team USA, what a special time to be a part of it. We are just growing up, we're supporting each other. You can just feel the energy intermixed between [men's and women's] teams. It's just really cool to be a part of, and I'm so grateful to have these teammates."

Sadulaev led Snyder 6-0 in the final minute. Snyder scored two on a takedown and one on a step-out to make it 6-3 before Sadulaev held on.

"It was more difficult to defend than conquer, so it was much more difficult this time," said Sadulaev, who joined Zaur Uguev and Zaurbek Sidakov as men's freestyle gold medalists from the Russian Olympic Committee.

Japan's Yui Susaki defeated China's Yanan Sun by technical superiority, 10-0, to win women's 50-kilogram final, adding Olympic gold to her two world titles and marking Japan's fourth Olympic gold in women's wrestling out of six weight classes.

In the other women's wrestling bronze match, Azerbaijan's Mariya Stadnik won by technical superiority, 10-0, over Mongolia's Namuuntsetseg Tsogt for her fourth Olympic medal. Stadnik previously had won two silvers and a bronze.

Gold also went to Japan's Takuto Otoguro, who defeated Azerbaijan's Haji Aliyev 5-4 to win the men's freestyle wrestling 65-kilogram final.

Gadzhimurad Rashidov from the Russian team, India's Bajrang Punia, Cuba's Reineris Salas and Italy's Abraham Canyedo Ruano also claimed bronze medals Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.