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Jake Varner of US wins Olympic wrestling gold in men's 96-kilogram freestyle

08/12/2012 09:59 EDT | Updated 10/12/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - Jake Varner of the United States won the Olympic wrestling gold in men's 96-kilogram freestyle Sunday, beating Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0.

The victory gave the U.S. multiple Olympic gold-medal winners in men's wrestling for the first time since 1996.

Varner joins Jordan Burroughs, who won the 74-kilo freestyle category 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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