Coleman Scott captures bronze medal, Tervel Dlagnev 5th at Olympic Games

LONDON – A session that started with three medal hopes for the U.S. ended with one.

American Coleman Scott delivered late in his match to capture an Olympic bronze medal in freestyle wrestling before a sellout crowd of 6,500 fans on Saturday night at ExCeL North Arena 2.

Scott rallied to knock off 2011 World bronze medalist and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Kenichi Yumoto of Japan 0-1, 3-0, 3-1 in the Olympic bronze-medal match at 60 kg/132 lbs. Continue reading at

Frayer, Varner weigh in and get draws for Olympic freestyle wrestling on Aug. 12

LONDON, England – The final two U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers who will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games have weighed in and received their draws for their competition on Sunday, August 12: Jared Frayer (Norman, Okla./Gator WC) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Jake Varner (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. Continue reading at

Scott, Dlagnev to wrestle for bronze, Herbert needs two wins for bronze at Olympics

LONDON – The U.S. bolted out to a fast start a day after Jordan Burroughs won a gold medal, but three Americans will now hope to battle back for bronze medals at the Olympic Games.

Americans Coleman Scott and Tervel Dlagnev will wrestle for bronze medals on Saturday night after suffering semifinals losses in freestyle wrestling before a sellout crowd of 6,500 fans at ExCeL North Arena 2.

Teammate Jake Herbert needs two wins to earn bronze after dropping a controversial decision to Azerbaijan’s Sharif Sharifov in the quarterfinals. Continue reading at

Burroughs Makes Good On ‘Called Shot’

LONDON — If you call your shot, you better make it. Miss a called shot and you’re a fool, a too-cocky bonehead who just couldn’t live up to your own hype.

What if Babe Ruth had pointed to center field at the 1932 World Series and then hit a towering blast to the warning track? What if Joe Namath played magnificently after guaranteeing victory in Super Bowl III but was let down by his defense? What if Muhammad Ali told everyone his vision of knocking out Sonny Liston in the first round and then got knocked out himself? What if Michael Jordan lost to the Pacers in 1998 after he’d guaranteed a Game 7 victory? Continue reading at

Day 6 Recap: Burroughs wins Olympic gold to add to his World gold

LONDON — Twenty-eight years ago today, U.S. wrestling legends Dave Schultz and Bruce Baumgartner won Olympic gold medals in Los Angeles. Now another wrestler U.S. wrestling great can be added to that exclusive list of Olympic gold medalists on Aug. 10: Jordan Burroughs.

The 24-year-old Burroughs won four matches on Friday at the ExCeL North Arena 2 in London to claim the Olympic gold medal at 74 kilos, defeating Iran’s Sadegh Goudarzi in the gold-medal match 1-0, 1-0. It was a rematch of last year’s World Championship gold-medal match, also won by Burroughs. Continue reading at

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