Georgia wrestling team is bunch of road warriors

“Have wrestling team, will travel.”

That’s a motto Collins Hill coach Josh Stephen has lived by since taking over the wrestling program at the large Georgia high school, which is located in Suwanee (a northeast suburb of Atlanta), three years ago.

This year has been no different. In fact, Stephen has had his Collins Hill wrestlers zig-zagging all over the country for the last month. Continue reading at

Eight U.S. wrestlers to visit White House with fellow Olympians and Paralympians on Friday

Eight members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic wrestling team will join other members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team in a White House visit on Friday morning in Washington, D.C.

The wrestlers who will attend the White House visit and meet President Barack Obama include men’s freestyle wrestlers Jordan Burroughs, Jake Herbert, Sam Hazewinkel and Tervel Dlagnev, Greco-Roman wrestlers Spenser Mango and Dremiel Byers and women wrestlers Clarissa Chun and Ali Bernard. Burroughs was an Olympic gold medalist and Chun won an Olympic bronze medal. Continue reading at

Olympic champions Varner and Burroughs to appear on Today Show, Friday, August 17

Olympic wrestling champions Jake Varner (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) and Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids) will travel to New York City for a lengthy Today show appearance tomorrow, Friday, August 17.

Wrestling fans can expect multiple segments featuring the two Olympic champions beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST and culminating at 10:30 a.m. EST. Continue reading at

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