Olympics: Wrestling

American Varner wrestles to gold in 96-kilogram division

Jacob Varner, feeling good. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

Jacob Varner won a single point in each of two periods against Valeri Andriitsev of Ukraine in the 96-kilogram division of freestyle wrestling, good enough to take the Olympic gold medal.

Varner celebrated with an American flag, then hugged his coach – who lifted the 212-pounder over his shoulder and in the air. Of course, his coach is former wrestler Cael Sanderson, a gold medalist himself in 2004, so he could handle the task.

Varner won his first three matches by 3-1 scores – over Kurban Kurbanov of Uzbekistan in the first elimination bout, Khetag Pliev of Canada in the quarterfinals and George Gogshelidze of Georgia in the semifinals.

American Varner will grapple for gold

Jacob Varner wrestled his way to the gold medal bout in the 96-kilogram division of freestyle wrestling Sunday, where he’ll face Valeri Andriitsev of Ukraine.

The match is scheduled for about 9:48 a.m. Eastern time.

Varner won his first three matches by 3-1 scores – over Kurban Kurbanov of Uzbekistan in the first elimination bout, Khetag Pliev of Canada in the quarterfinals and George Gogshelidze of Georgia in the semifinals.

Fellow American Jared Frayer lost his first elimination match in the 66kg division to Ali Shabanau of Belarus, 3-0. When Shabanau lost in the quarterfinals, that ended Frayer’s chances of returning for the repechage for a chance at a bronze medal.

Azerbaijan wins two golds on the mat

Azerbaijan took two freestyle wrestling gold medals Saturday.

Toghrul Asgarov won the 60kg division, 3-0, over Besik Kudukhov of Russia. American Coleman Scott and Yogeshwar Dutt of India won the bronze medals.

In the 84kg division, Sharif Sharifov downed Jaime Yusept Espinal of Cuba. Dato Marsagishvili of Georgia and Ehsan Naser Lashgari took the bronze medals.

Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan won the gold in the 120kg over Davit Modzmanashvili of Georgia. Bronze medals went to Komeil Ghasemi of Iran and Bilyal Makhov of Russia.

Coleman Scott wins 60kg wrestling bronze

Coleman Scott (left) celebrates winning the bronze medal over Japan’s Kenichi Yumoto. (Paul Sancya/The Associated Press)

Coleman Scott of the United States won a bronze medal in the 60kg freestyle wrestling, defeating Kenichi Yumoto of Japan, 3-1.

Scott advanced to the semifinals before losing to Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan.

Dlagnev, Coleman get shots at wrestling bronze

Komeil Ghasemi of Iran won his repechage match with Nick Matuhin of Germany, putting him in a bronze medal match in 120kg freestyle wrestling against American Tervel Ivaylov Dlagnev. The match will begin about 2:40 p.m. ET.

Scott Coleman of the United States will face Kenichi Yumoto of Japan in the 60kg freestyle wrestling semifinals for one of the two bronze medals that are awarded in the sport.

American Jake Herbert lost his repechage match at 84kg to Ibrahim Bolukbasi of Turkey and is out of contention for a medal.

Herbert falls in freestyle wrestling quarterfinals

Jake Herbert is upended by Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan. (Paul Sancya — Associated Press)

Jake Herbert of the United States lost to Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan in the 84kg freestyle wrestling quarterfinals.

Sharifov defeated Ehsan Naser Lashgari of Iran to advance to the gold medal match, meaning Herbert will compete for one of two bronze medals in the repechage. He will face Ibrahim Bolukbasi of Turkey in the repechage opener at approximately 12:45 p.m. The winner will take on Lashgari for one of the two bronze medals.