Download our Mobile App                  

  Search The Site
Top News Stories...
TheMat.com moving to USOC website platform with new look and functionality

This week, TheMat.com will move to the USOC platform, with a new look, new functionality, but with the same favorite features....

Terry Shockley named Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Shockley will succeed long-time chairman Jim Keen. Sr. as Chairman of the Board....

Iowa's Tony Ramos determined to finish career with NCAA title

The Hawkeye senior will battle Virginia Tech's Devin Carter in the NWCA All-Star Classic on Saturday....

NCAA announces finalist cities for its championships for 2014-18, including wrestling at all levels

Cleveland, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia & St. Louis are Div. I finalists. Div. II and III finalists also announced....



Rulon Gardner named 2000 USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year



Rulon Gardner (Afton, Wyo./Sunkist Kids) has been named the 2000 Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling. It is the second time that Gardner has won this award (1997, 2000). Gardner won an Olympic gold medal at 286 pounds, the top U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling performance in 2000. In a miraculous effort, he defeated previously unbeaten Alexandre Kareline of Russia in the gold-medal finals, 1-0 in overtime in the gold-medal match. Karelin had won three Olympic golds and nine World golds, never losing an international wrestling match since his career began in 1985. Gardner won five matches on the way to the title - and was competing in his first Olympic Games. In addition to Kareline, he defeated Omrane Ayari of Tunisia, Haykaz Galstyan of Armenia and Giuseppe Giunta of Italy in his pool, then stopped Juri Yevseychyc of Israel in the semifinals. Gardner led the U.S. Greco-Roman team to a strong third-place finish in the medal count and unofficial standings, its best performance in history. He was selected by his peers to carry the U.S. flag in the Closing Ceremonies at the Olympic Games in Sydney. Gardner was the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion, defeating 1996 Olympic silver medalist Matt Ghaffari in the finals. He was also the 2000 U.S. Nationals champion, his third career U.S. Nationals title, defeating Ghaffari in the finals. Internationally, he was the 2000 Pan American Championships champion, defeating 1992 Olympic champion Hector Millian of Cuba in the finals. He also won gold medals at the 2000 Dave Schultz Memorial International in the United States, and the 2000 Granma Cup in Cuba. Gardner placed second in 2000 Poddoubny Tournament in Russia, considered the best open international meet in the world. He compiled a 24-2 Greco-Roman record during the 2000 year. Gardner is a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete. He was an NCAA All-American at the Univ. of Nebraska and an NJCAA national champion at Ricks College. He was a state champion for Star Valley High School (Wyo.). USA Wrestling will be announcing major award winners each day this week on TheMat.com, the official web page of the Amateur Wrestling Alliance. PAST GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS 2000 - Rulon Gardner, Afton, Wyo., Sunkist Kids 1999 - Dremiel Byers, Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army 1998 - Matt Lindland, Lincoln, Neb., Sunkist Kids 1997 - Rulon Gardner, Gilbert, Ariz., Sunkist Kids 1996 - Dennis Hall, Stevens, Point, Wis., Sunkist Kids 1995 - Dennis Hall, Stevens Point, Wis., Sunkist Kids 1994 - Dennis Hall, Stevens Point, Wis., Sunkist Kids 1993 - James Johnson, Phoenix, Ariz., Sunkist Kids
Untitled Document
   
© Copyright 2000-2014 USA Wrestling, All rights reserved.
Contents of this site may not used without the expressed written consent of USA Wrestling.