Aug 12, 2012 - Jordan Burroughs, the face of U.S.
wrestling, now has someone on the freestyle wrestling team to share gold medal
Jake Varner, U.S. freestyle Olympian at 96kg, won the gold medal Sunday
morning in London. He defeated 2012 European silver medalist Valerii Andriitsev
of Ukraine in the finals, 1-0, 1-0. The two points came courtesy an ankle pick
Varner is also the 2011 World bronze medalist for the U.S. in freestyle as
well as a two-time NCAA national champion and four-time NCAA finalist.
Along with teammate Burroughs at 74kg, the U.S. had multiple gold medalists
on the men's freestyle team for the first time since 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Like Burroughs, Varner will pocket $250,000 for earning his gold medal thanks to
the Living The Dream medal fund.
According to Intermat, Varner becomes Iowa State's sixth
Olympic gold medalist in wrestling. He joins Penn State head coach Cael
Sanderson, UFC veteran Kevin Jackson, Dan Gable, Ben Peterson, and Glen Brand.