Varner of Bakersfield wins Olympic wrestling gold

Jacob Stephen Varner of the United States, competes with Kurban Kurbanov of Uzbekistan, (in blue) during their 96-kg freestyle wrestling match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (Paul Sancya)
August 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jake Varner of the United States won the Olympic wrestling gold in men's 96-kilogram freestyle, beating Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0 Sunday.

The win gave the U.S. team multiple Olympic gold-medal winners in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996. Varner joins Jordan Burroughs, who won the 74-kilogram freestyle on Friday night, as Olympic champions.

Varner will also collect a $250,000 bonus from the Living the Dream Medal Fund that supports American wrestling.


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