Matt Gentry, 2004 NCAA wrestling champ for Stanford University, placed fifth in 55 kg/163 pound men’s freestyle competition at the 2012 Olympics at ExCel Centre in London Friday.
Jordan Burroughs, two-time NCAA titlewinner at University of Nebraska, won the gold medal for the U.S. at 74 kg.
Gentry, a former Stanford wrestler and assistant coach, is a native of Oregon, but wrestles for Canada because of his dual citizenship. His mother was born in the Vancouver area. It was the second time Gentry had wrestled for Team Canada at the Olympics, having competed at the Beijing Games in 2008.
The former Cardinal wrestler, who just turned 30 two weeks ago, defeated India’s Narsingh Yadav in his first match, 3-0, 1-1. However, Gentry encountered trouble in the second match when he went up against Burroughs, losing to the eventual gold medal winner, 1-2, 1-1. When Burroughs advanced to the finals, Gentry found himself in the repechage, beating Puerto Rico’s Francisco Soler.
That repechage win sent Gentry into the bronze-medal match vs. Russia’s Denis Tsargush, a two-time World champion. Tsargush topped Gentry, 1-0, 2-0. The Russian won bronze, while the former Stanford mat champ originally from Grants Pass, Ore. placed fifth… the best finish for a Canadian wrestler since Daniel Igali won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Medal Results — 74 kg/163 lbs.
- Gold: Jordan Burroughs, USA
- Silver: Sadegh Goudarzi, Iran
- Bronze: Soslan Tigiev, Uzbekistan
- Bronze: Denis Tsargush, Russia
- 5th Place: Matt Gentry, Canada
- TheMat.com panel of 12 wrestling writers’ predictions to win a gold medal: Every member of the panel picked Burroughs to strike gold.
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Follow the action at home: Live streaming coverage of wrestling will be available online at NBCOlympics.com as well as on various NBC TV networks. For a more detailed schedule (including handy chart to help you convert London time to yours), check out the schedule page at TheMat.com.
Get to know the U.S. Olympic wrestlers: USA Wrestling has produced an online guide for the 2012 Olympics, featuring bios, info and videos of Team USA wrestlers, and their coaches. Also check out College Wrestling Examiner’s weight-by-weight previews.
Pin down the basics: Check out the schedule for wrestling at the 2012 Olympics. TheMat.com has a special Olympics page with wrestler bios, profiles, news stories. InterMat also has an Olympics page, with brackets, photos and news and notes. For basic facts about Olympic wrestling, take a look at the “How To Watch Wrestling” primer at the NBC Chicago website, and NBCOlympics for specifics on the rules.
Want to meet past U.S. Olympic gold medalists of the mat? Check out the series of articles in College Wrestling 101 for brief bios on the 47 U.S. wrestlers who brought home gold between 1908 and 2008. To learn even more, you’ll want to read the brand-new book The Gold Standard, featured in a College Wrestling Examiner article from April 2012.
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