ALL HE SEES IS GOLD: Jordan Burroughs strikes gold by winning Olympic title

LONDON – All he sees is gold

And a whole lot of cash

America has a new golden boy in wrestling after Jordan Burroughs made history by fulfilling his dream by capturing an Olympic gold medal and the $250,000 that goes with it before a sellout crowd of 6,500 fans on Friday night at ExCeL North Arena 2.

Burroughs, a 2011 World champion, lived up to his Twitter handle of alliseeisgold by scoring takedowns late in the first and second periods to down two-time World silver medalist Sadegh Goudarzi of Iran 1-0, 1-0 in the gold medal freestyle finals at 74 kg/163 lbs. Continue reading at

USA’s Jordan Burroughs targets gold, green

LONDON – Jordan Burroughs’ handle on Twitter is All I See is Gold (@alliseeisgold). There will be extra green in it for him if he makes it to the top of the Olympic wrestling podium.

Since the last Olympics, USA Wrestling has created the Living the Dream Medal Fund, which is offering $250,000 for any U.S. wrestler who wins Olympic gold. Continue reading at

Day 5 Recap: Disappointing finish for U.S. women’s freestyle team

LONDON — A day after Clarissa Chun won the first medal for the U.S at the 2012 Olympic Games, Kelsey Campbell (55 kilos) and Ali Bernard (72 kilos) bowed out prior to the medal rounds on the final day of Olympic women’s freestyle competition Thursday at the ExCel Center in London.

Aside from Chun’s bronze medal performance, the other three U.S. women’s freestyle wrestlers went a combined 0-4 at the 2012 Olympic Games. Continue reading at

Day 4 Recap: Chun gives U.S. first wrestling medalist in London

LONDON — It took four days, but on Wednesday the U.S. claimed its first wrestling medal of the 2012 Olympic Games in London when Clarissa Chun earned a bronze medal in women’s freestyle at 48 kilos.

Ironically, Chun, a 30-year-old Hawaiian, defeated the same wrestler who defeated her four years ago for the Olympic bronze medal in Beijing, Irini Merleni of Ukraine, an Olympic champion and five-time World champion. Continue reading at

Lamer joins South Dakota State coaching staff

The South Dakota State wrestling team and head coach Chris Bono announced former Jackrabbit standout Chad Lamer as volunteer assistant.

As a collegiate athlete, Lamer was a four-time All-American and won three consecutive national titles at the Division II level for SDSU in 1994, 1995 and 1996. He won back-to-back titles at 177 pounds before claiming his final title at 190 pounds. Continue reading