It wasn't surprising that the Russians dominated the podium at the Olympic wrestling tournament in London.
But the results show that two of the country's biggest rivals, Iran and Azerbaijan, are ready to challenge over the next several years. And the Americans proved they don't plan on going anywhere, either.
The U.S. scooped up two men's freestyle golds after Jake Varner at 96 kilograms joined Jordan Burroughs, the 74-kilogram champion, with a stirring win on Sunday.
''It is so hard to win,'' U.S. national team coach Zeke Jones said. ''The world is more competitive than ever and more organized.''
The Americans won two gold and two bronze, and got an unforgettable performance by Burroughs, who emerged from London as the brightest star in the sport.
Burroughs survived an extraordinarily tense three-period battle with talented Russian opponent Denis Tsargush before dominating Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran in the final. Burroughs bea...