OLYMPIC WRESTLING RUMORS

Olympic wrestler turned ISIS recruit killed in U.S. drone strike

Chamsulvara Chamsulvaraev won the European wrestling championship in 2010. A couple years later, he joined ISIS. This month, he was killed in a United States drone strike in Iraq. Chamsulvaraev, 32, was from Dagestan, Russia, a Muslim region of the country on the Caspian Sea near the borders of Georgia and Azerbaijan. The wrestler joined ISIS recently, and his main job was to recruit...
Via The Comeback
September 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Kaori Icho becomes first wrestler to ever win four gold medals

Kaori Icho emerged victorious from a thrilling gold medal match to win her fourth straight Olympic title. With the win, Icho has become the first wrestler to ever win four Olympic gold medals. She is also the first female in any sport to win individual-event gold at four Olympics. In the 58kg gold medal match with Russia's Valeria Koblova, Icho found herself in an unfamiliar position...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Mijain Lopez three-peats as Greco-Roman wrestling gold medalist

Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez won his third consecutive Olympic title in Greco-Roman's heaviest weight class after defeating longtime rival Riza Kayaalp of Turkey in the 130kg Gold Medal Match. It marked the third straight year that Lopez and Kayaalp met in the final round with a major global title on the line. They also faced each other in Gold Medal Matches at the world championships...
Via CSN Chicago
August 15, 2016

USA wrestler find some ridiculous bathroom rules in Rio

United States wrestler Jordan Burroughs is in Rio hoping to defend his Olympic gold medal. While he has to worry about a string of world class opponents, Burroughs also has to contend with some rather strict rules in the bathroom. No upperdeckers. No fishing. No peeing like a dog. Got it. Here's our bathroom warning in Rio. pic.twitter.com/T4lsBXrb8B — Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold...
Via Sportsnaut
August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

US Olympic gold medalist Burroughs wins 3rd world title

LAS VEGAS — After blowing his shot at a world title in 2014, American Jordan Burroughs wondered if he was over the hill. He isn't. Burroughs won his third world crown Saturday to close the wrestling championships. The 27-year-old Burroughs beat Mongolia's Unurbat Purevjav 10-0 at 74 kilograms (163 pounds) for his fourth major title — including gold at the London Games — since...
Via Associated Press
September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Kayaalp stuns Lopez to win Greco-Roman world title

Turkey's Riza Kayaalp stunned Cuban Mijain Lopez 1-0 to win the heavyweight Greco-Roman title on the second day of the wrestling world championships Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Kayaalp denied Lopez's try for a sixth world title in the finals at 130 kilograms. Kayaalp was joined as a world champion by countryman Selcuk Cebi. He took top honors at 80 kilograms, defeating Belarussian...
Via Associated Press
September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Spenser Mango’s Journey from Undersized Wrestler to Two-Time Olympian

At 14 years old, Spenser Mango was no one’s idea of an elite athlete. He weighed 88 pounds and entered Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis struggling to
Via Stack
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Paige VanZant, Henry Cejudo Among Top Ten UFC Newcomers Of 2014

The UFC’s rookie class of 2014 was one of the strongest in years, and it was difficult to whittle this category down to a top ten. How difficult? I decided to go against my rule of newcomers having at least two fights in the calendar year and made a special entry at No. ten for three of the top debutants who only fought once in 2014. So without further ado, here are the top fighters...
Via NESN.com
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rulon Gardner selling Olympic memorabilia to pay $3.9M debt

Olympic wrestling legend Rulon Gardner is still struggling financially. Gardner, who won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, will reportedly be auctioning off his Olympic memorabilia and several other items at a bankruptcy auction on Saturday. The 43-year-old is seeking to pay off a $3.9 million tax debt....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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