American Jacob Varner Wins Wrestling Gold In 96kg Freestyle

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Jacob Stephen Varner of the United States celebrates his victory against Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine during the Men's Freestyle 96 kg Wrestling gold medal fight on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Jacob Varner of the United States won the men's 96 kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match Sunday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The United States' Jacob Varner beat Valerii Andriitsev of the Ukraine, 3-0, in two periods to win the men's 96 kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match Sunday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Varner took each of the first two periods 1-0, scoring on minimum-scoring throws. The 26-year-old former Iowa State Cyclone came into the Olympics as one of the favorites after taking bronze at the 2012 World Championships.

Preceding the bout, George Gogshelidze of Georgia defeated Kurban Kurbanov of Uzbekistan, 3-1, in the bronze medal match. The medal was the seventh for Georgia at the London Games.

In the men's 66 kg division, Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu defeated Sushil Kumar of India for the gold medal. The event was embroiled in some controversy earlier in the day when two Egyptian wrestlers were forced to forfeit their matches after showing up late at the arena.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.