Marquis Athletes

February 24, 2010

Top 10 Moments in Amateur Wrestling-’00-’09

2. (2000) Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin for Olympic Gold

In what was arguably the most amazing upset in all of sports, the unheralded American heavyweight from Afton, Wyoming upended the most dominant and feared heavyweight wrestler in the history of the sport. In a truly “David vs. Goliath” moment, Karelin surrendered the first point he had allowed in the past six years to Gardner, who ended up handing Karelin his first loss in over 13 years of International competition.


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