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PSU’s David Taylor into semifinals after cruising to victories in first two Olympic matches

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UPDATE: 12:05 a.m.

Penn State wrestling legend David Taylor was spectacular again in his second Olympics match, with a 12-2 tech fall win over Myles Amine from San Marino. The victory moved Taylor into the semifinals, which were to take place at around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Taylor dominated in his Olympics opening match late Tuesday night in Tokyo, cruising to an 11-0 technical fall victory over Ali Shabanav from Belarus at 86 kg.

Taylor, a two-time NCAA champion and four-time NCAA finalist during his stellar career at Penn State, advances to face a former wrestler from Michigan.

Here’s a look at Taylor’s sensational career, from high school to college to international competition.

He has enjoyed a remarkable career with championships at just about every level, but the 30-year-old Taylor is vying for his first Olympic medal during the Tokyo Games.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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