IOWA CITY, IA - APRIL 21: Jake Varner (red) wrestles Tommy Rowlands (blue) in the 96 kg freestyle weight class during the finals of the US Wrestling Olympic Trials at Carver Hawkeye Arena on April 21, 2012 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Last night, while you were sleeping, the final two weight classes in Olympic wrestling were contested.
USA Wrestling has another wrestler in the Olympic finals. This time at ninety-six kilos
Jake wrestles surprise finalist Valeri Andritsev of Ukraine in the finals. Andritsev emerged from a meat grinder of a bracket, defeating the last two world champions at this weight in the process. Though Andritsev was not really on the radar of many observers before this tournament, he is nothing to be trifled with, and is a junior world champion in the past.
This morning will also feature the sixty-six kilos gold medal finals. Wrestling for a spot at the top of the podium will be India's Sushil Kumar and Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu.
Matches will begin at 7:55 AM eastern.
The finals are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:00 AM
After the jump, live results and discussion of Jake Varner's gold medal bid.
66kg Gold Medal Finalls
Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (JPN) vs. Sushil Kumar (IND)
Period 1: Clean takedown by JPN, man is he fast. That is all he needs to win the period
Period 2: Yonemitsu pick Kumar up and puts him on his back. Kumar answers with a td of his own. 3-1 JPN
Yonemitsu of Japan wins gold fairly easily
96kg Gold Medal Finals
Jake Varner (USA) vs Valeri Andritsev (UKR)
Period 1: Ankle pick Varner up 1-0. That is all he will need to win the first period
Period 2: Varner with the push out. He wins the period 1-0
VARNER WINS GOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDD