USA takes two gold medals in wrestling for 1st time since '96

source: timesleader.com
 

With Cael Sanderson watching, Jake Varner defeated Valerie Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0 to win gold in men's 212-pound freestyle.

Coupled with Jordan Burroughs' win at 163-pounds Friday night, it gave the American team multiple Olympic gold medalists in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996.

"Still not sure I'm in his league, but it's awesome to be coached by a guy like that," Varner said of Sanderson, a gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics. "I owe him a lot. It means a lot to have him with me."

Varner will also collect a $250,000 bonus from the Living the Dream fund, which supports American wrestling.

Varner fell to his knees once the clock ticked down to zero, soaking in the fact that he'd just accomplished the biggest goal of his life. He soon found Sanderson, embracing the friend who helped make it all possible with a leaping bear hug.

"Jake watched Cael win a gold medal as a kid. Came to Iowa State because he had that same goal. When they were there, Cael mentored him, coached him and became his friend," U.S. freestyle coach Zeke Jones said.

"From that moment, they had a dream together that said, 'I want to be the best in the world. I want to be the best in the world. And Jake did and Cael got to be a part of that."

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2012 London Olympics wrestling medal count

Rank

Nation

Gold

Silver

Bronze

1

Russia

4

2

5

2

Japan

4

0

2

3

Iran

3

1

2

4

Azerbaijan

2

2

3

5

USA

2

0

2

6

Cuba

1

0

1

5

Uzbekistan

1

0

1

8

Korea

1

0

0

9

Georgia

0

3

3

10 (tie)

Armenia, Canada

0

0

1

10 (tie)

Hungary,
India

0

0

1

 

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UGCTT_mrzipplokk site profile image  

8/14/12 7:06 PM by UGCTT_mrzipplokk

 If you've ever done anything physical, or been on a mat even once, you have to be a fan of collegiate wrestling. Fucking Big Ten etc. I spend hours watching. Gable, Sanderson, Smith, etc. legends. Even soviet Karelin is worth studying. Unfortunetly Olympic wrestling is so full of politics, rules and tainted bullshit, I can barely watch it.

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8/14/12 6:29 PM by DanChow

http://wakefield.patch.com/articles/kayla-harrison-receives-o-c-tanner-inspiration-awardhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2182760/2012-Olympics-Kayla-Harrison-overcomes-years-sexual-abuse-ex-coach-win-judo-gold-Team-US.htmlhttp://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/judo/story/_/id/8225126/2012-london-olympics-kayla-harrison-wins-first-judo-gold-medal-united-states

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8/14/12 6:27 PM by DanChow

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/marblehead/2012/08/marblehead_officials_planning.htmlhttp://www.wcvb.com/news/sports/-/9848968/16100872/-/1s5xns/-/index.html

pm1964 site profile image  

8/14/12 12:32 PM by pm1964

The one I haven't seen much coverage of is Kayla Harrison winning the first ever gold medal for the US in judo. She didn't even get a mention when NBC was doing an extended segment on how great the US women performed at this Olympics.

DanChow site profile image  

8/14/12 10:19 AM by DanChow

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-oly-wrestling-20120813,0,579589.storyhttp://www.centredaily.com/2012/08/13/3298111/varner-savoring-golden-moment.htmlhttp://articles.philly.com/2012-08-13/sports/33183328_1_gold-medalist-olympic-gold-cael-sanderson

WuDaddy site profile image  

8/14/12 10:16 AM by WuDaddy

Great piece in the des Moines register about the Russian running to the back sobbing and I guess gable told him that he's never seen a Russian cry. Anyone who follows amateur wrasslin or wrestled themselves knows there's a few tears after matches. Since its the most head to head sport in high school and college what can you say. Quite a "compliment" from the god of wrestling.

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8/14/12 4:35 AM by BengalWACO

ttt

willienugget site profile image  

8/14/12 4:33 AM by willienugget

Why would a dude who lives in beautiful California leave his hometown to wrestle when they have it right in his home town? They must have it goin on in the Big12

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8/14/12 3:53 AM by tracylee

i saw quite a few articles on major news sites about it...

AmmoMan site profile image  

8/14/12 3:46 AM by AmmoMan

Awesome reference. They didn't seem to be running too much coverage on freestyle wrestling man........