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US wrestler Varner to go for Olympic gold

Updated August 12, 2012

LONDON (AP) American wrestler Jake Varner will wrestle go for the gold medal Sunday in the men's 96-kilogram freestyle division.

Varner rallied to beat George Gogshelidze of Georgia 0-2, 1-0, 1-0 in the semifinals.

Varner will face Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine, who won his semifinal match after Iranian favorite Reza Yazdani hurt his leg and was hauled off on a wheelchair.

Varner, a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa State, will attempt to become the second American wrestler to win Olympic gold in London.

Jordan Burroughs won the men's 74-kg freestyle on Friday night.

The U.S. hasn't had multiple freestyle gold medalists since three Americans won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

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