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Real-Time Results from Sydney



7:30 - Matt Lindland's match was protested by the Ukranians, and it was announced to the crowd that it was being reviewed. After about a 10, maybe 15 minute delay, it was announced that the protest was denied and that the results of the match will stand. The medal matches at 76 kg will be Matt Lindland of the USA vs. Mourat Kardanov of Russia for the gold medal and David Manukyan of Ukraine and Marko Yli-Hannuksela of Finland for the bronze medal. The medal matches at 97 kg will be Mikael Ljungberg of Sweden against Davyd Saldadze of Ukraine for the gold medal and Garrett Lowney of the United States against Konstantinos Thanos of Greece for the bronze medal. 7:15 - In short order, the USA placed a wrestler in the gold medal match, Matt Lindland at 76 kg, and one in the bronze medal match, Garrett Lowney. Lindland scored the first two points on a counter tilt, then gave up a takedown for a 2-1 lead at 0:36. Manukyan scored a three-point throw at the 2:35 mark, then Lindland worked out for a reversal shortly after. Manukyan led 4-3 at mid break. In the second period, Lindland got Manukyan down on the mat after a passivity call. Lindland hit a three-point lift at the 4:20 mark then received an extra point for holding him for a 7-4 lead. He held on for the victory at 7-4. He will face Mourat Kardanov of Russia in the finals. Lowney was thrown early in the match by Ljungberg of Sweden for six points, a five pointer plus one for appreciation. The Swedish athlete led 8-0 early in the match, and went on to an 8-1 win. 6:35 - Quincey Clark was defeated by technical fall by Mohamed of Egypt, 10-0. The match was scoreless in the first stanza, and the clinch was needed. Clark was penalized with a caution and two points to Mohamed from the clinch. Once they were down, Mohamed went on a flurry of turns and throws, racking up the other eight points in only a few seconds, with the bout ending at 3:32. The gold medal finals at 63 kg have been set, with Juan Maren of Cuba facing Varteres Samourgachev of Russia. That's two Cuban finalists in the first two weights determined. The bronze medal will be a match between Akaki Chachua of Georgia and Beat Motzer of Switzerland. 6:15 - The gold medal finals are set at 54 kg, between Sim Kwon Ho of Korea and Lazaro Rivas of Cuba. Sim is the defending Olympic champ. Rivas is the defending World champ. Both scored technical fall wins in the semis. The bronze medal will be contested between Kang Yong Gyun of North Korea and Andriy Kalashnikov of Ukraine. 6:00 - Big Rulon Gardner dominated the entire match, to score a 6-0 win over Galstyan of Armenia. Rulon led 2-0 at break, afer a gutwrench turn, then scored the key third point on a takedown at the 4:58 mark. He added a takedown and turn in the last seven seconds to make it a solid 6-0 win. He wrestled immediately after Alexander Karelin of Russia on Mat A. Karelin pinned Deak of Hungary, who went to his back rather than let Alex do his patented reverse body lift. Gardner will not see Karelin until the finals, if things work out. 5:25 - Jim Gruenwald won his first match, 4-3, over Mnatsakanyan of Armenia, scoring the winning point with one second left on a scramble. Gruenwald led 3-0, with a takedown and a turn in the first half of the bout. However, Mnatsakanyan made it interesting in the last 25 seconds. He turned Gruenwald for two points, then lifted and threw Gruenwald for one point. Gruenwald flattened out and stopped a big move. In the ensueing scramble, Gruenwald hit a duckunder for the winning point. 4:15 p.m - Draw sheets have been distributed for night session. On Mat A, Gardner battles Galstyan of Armenia in the fifth match and Clark competes with Mohamed of Egypt in the 10th match. On Mat B, Gruenwald has Mnatsakanyan of Amrenia in the third match, then Lindland has Manukyan of Ukraine as the 14th match and Lowney has Ljungberg of Sweden as the 15th match. The U.S. has no matches on Mat C this session. What medal with Lindland and Lowney battle for, a gold or a bronze? That is what is at stake this evening. 12:45 - Lowney defeated Genadi Chkhaidze of Georgia, 2-0 in the quarterfinals. There was no score after the first period, so the wrestlers began with the clinch in the second. Lowney won the toss and clinched first, he was able to get one point on a throw going out of bounds. The six minutes ended with Lowney up 1-0, and it went into overtime. Lowney then got a one-point escape one minute into overtime. And that was the final score. 11:45 - Bracken was defeated by Samourgachev of Russia in the quarterfinals, 11-5, ending his quest for a medal. In the first period, Bracken got up from the bottom but no escape was awarded. At the end of the period, Samourgachev got out from the bottom and the officials gave the 1-point escape. Bracken attempted a throw in the second period, which Samourgachev blocked and scored two points. Then, Bracken attempted an escape, but the Russian brought him down for two points and a 5-1 lead. Bracken got his escape at 3:45, closing it to 5-1. Kevin opened up the pressure and got a three-point lift and exposure in 5:30, closing to 5-4. Bracken was penalized for jumping the whistle, a one-and-caution, making the score 6-4. Russia added two more for a turn at 5:45. Russia was cautioned and penalized for jumping at 5:47, making it 8-5. At the buzzer, Russia hit a three-point throw. 11:12 - Gardner opened with a solid 7-2 win over Ayari of Tunisia. Also, there was a rematch between Kim and Meltnitchenko, when Kazakhstan protested and it was upheld. This time, Kim won again, by a 4-0 margin. Talk about tough. 10:45 - Alexander Karelin had his first match, and it was a tough draw (if that is possible for him). He beat 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Sergei Mourieko of Bulgaria 3-0, one from a clinch and two on a turn. He is as big and impressive as ever. Karelin was unable to execute his reverse lift after locking it up in the first period. 10:30 - Sims dropped his opening bout, 3-0 to Biktyakov of Uzbekistan. Sims was turned for a one-point gutwrench in the first period and another one-point gutwrench in the second period. Regulation ended at 2-0, and Biktyakov scored a one point takedown at the 7:45 mark for the 3-0 win. 10:00 a.m. - Clark opened with a 5-0 loss to Mendez of Cuba, the 1999 World Champion. Mendez scored all five points in the first period, turning Quincey with a trapped-arm gut wrench for two points, and an additional one point for the hold, then tilting Clark again. Mendez held a strong defense in the second period against Clark's repeated attacks. 9:33 - So many great matchups in the pools. On Mat A, the first match of the tournament at 58 kg, 1996 Olympic champion Yuri Melntichenko of Kazakhstan and Kim In-Sub of Korea, who has won the last two World titles, are battling in the first round. This is the rematch of last year's finals, won by Kim. This should be a finals or medal match. One of these great champions won't even get out of the pools, because of the pairing system. This happened many times yesterday. Of course the bout went overtime, Kim winning 2-1. 9:15 am. - Clark is the first match. He has a World champion from Cuba. A victory would continue the positive tone set the first day in Greco. 8:45 a.m. on Monday - The draw sheets have come out for the morning session. There are no U.S. matches on Mat A. On Mat B, Heath Sims faces Biktyakov of Uzbekistan in the fifth match and Bracken has his quarterfinal match against Samourgachev of Russia as the 12th match and Lowney has his quarterfinals match against Chkhaidze of Georgia as the 17th match. On Mat C, Clark is the second match, against Mendez of Cuba, the World Champion. The ninth match on Mat C is Gardner against Ayari of Tunisia. Gruenwald has a bye this session, and Lindland is already in tonight's semifinals. Should be a challenging and interesting session.
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