Matt Ghaffari, Dennis Koslowski to enter Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions

The Short family from Minnesota will receive the Family Legacy Award

By Kyle Klingman NWHOF Dan Gable Museum

WATERLOO, Iowa–The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will induct Matt Ghaffari and Dennis Koslowski into the Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions. An induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the Kennedy Center on the campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Day 8 Recap: Varner gives U.S. second gold on final day of Games

LONDON — Two days after Jordan Burroughs delivered a strong opening statement for the U.S. men’s freestyle team at the 2012 Olympic Games, winning an Olympic gold medal, Jake Varner delivered a strong closing statement.

On Sunday, Varner, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., captured the Olympic gold medal at 96 kilos with a two-period victory over Ukraine’s Valeri Andriitsev 1-0, 1-0 at ExCeL North Arena 2 in the final match on the final day of the London Games. Continue reading at

USA’s Jake Varner grabs gold in wrestling

LONDON – Jake Varner dreamed of winning Olympic wrestling gold when he watched Cael Sanderson do it in 2004. He fed off Sanderson’s coaching tutelage at Iowa State and followed him to Penn State. He drilled with Sanderson before the Olympics. And he gave Sanderson a mighty hug Sunday after making his own climb to the top of the podium.

“It’s awesome. He’s an Olympic champion. I’m an Olympic champion now. I’m still not sure if I’m in his league, but it’s awesome,” Varner said after he beat Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0 in the final of the 211.5-pound class of freestyle wrestling. Continue reading at

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: Jake Varner wins Olympic gold medal for U.S.

LONDON – It was one of the last gold-medal moments for the United States on the final day of the 2012 Olympic Games.

And it belonged to American Jake Varner and the U.S. freestyle wrestling team.

Varner realized a lifelong dream when he capped a phenomenal performance by winning an Olympic gold medal at 96 kg/211.5 lbs. on Sunday afternoon before a sellout crowd of 6,500 fans at ExCeL North Arena 2. Continue reading at

Day 7 Recap: Scott wins bronze, Dlagnev, Herbert fall short

LONDON — U.S. freestyle coach Zeke Jones called the latter part of Saturday’s first session a “train wreck” for the U.S. men’s freestyle team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

After winning its first five matches and pushing two wrestlers into the semifinals, the U.S. suffered three straight losses and all hope for a gold medal on Saturday was dashed in a span of 30 minutes.

Still, the U.S. entered Saturday night’s session with a chance to earn three bronze medals, but went 1-2, with only Coleman Scott winning and claiming a bronze medal at 60 kilos. Continue reading at