12:47 pm | August 29, 2004 | A split-second, edge-of-mat decision became the difference between Joe Williams stepping on the mat for a shot at an Olympic medal and leaving Athens empty-handed.
12:04 pm | August 29, 2004 | Cael Sanderson and his Olympic wrestling gold medal, it appears, will be making a road trip. Representatives of "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno want to book Sanderson this week.
12:01 pm | August 29, 2004 | Iran's Alireza Heidari scored the final three points of the match Sunday to stun Daniel Cormier, 3-2, at 211.5 pounds for a come-from-behind bronze medal victory.
8:57 pm | August 28, 2004 | U.S. 163-pound wrestler Joe Williams advanced to a quarterfinal match on Sunday against Kazakhstan's Gennadiy Laliyev.
5:53 pm | August 28, 2004 | Former Iowa State star Cael Sanderson lived up to the steep Olympic expectations launched after his 159-0 NCAA career, beating Korea's Eui Jae Moon 3-1 on Saturday for an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling.
1:39 pm | August 28, 2004 | Daniel Cormier outscored his two opponents 19-1 on Saturday at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall to reach the freestyle wrestling semifinals at 211.5 pounds.
4:28 pm | August 27, 2004 | U.S. freestyle wrestler Cael Sanderson won all three of his matches at 185 pounds on Friday to lead three of four American wrestlers into Saturday's semifinals.
12:19 pm | August 27, 2004 | Daniel Cormier, who begins preliminary competition Saturday in the 212-pound class of Olympic freestyle wrestling, hopes to win a gold medal to honor the memory of his daughter, who was killed in a traffic accident last year.
3:54 pm | August 26, 2004 | Kerry McCoy, chiseled with muscle at 6-feet-2, 250 pounds, doesn't fit the stereotype of ``kind of a techno geek,'' but that's what the U.S. freestyle heavyweight wrestler calls himself.
2:25 pm | August 26, 2004 | Cael Sanderson and Joe Williams each could end up with a medal as the Olympics enters its final weekend, but when the sport is freestyle wrestling - not track and field, swimming or gymnastics - there's often more toil than attention.
4:57 pm | August 25, 2004 | A bronze medal ensured, 265-pound, barrel-chested Rulon Gardner sat down like a child Wednesday and untied the laces on his size-13 shoes - America's athletic icon from the 2000 Olympics said it without saying a word: He was retiring.
9:15 am | August 25, 2004 | A videotape review of a call that could have tied Garrett Lowney's overtime Greco-Roman wrestling match with Hungary's Lajos Virag Wednesday instead awarded points to his opponent and ended Lowney's Olympic career.
7:45 pm | August 24, 2004 | Sgt. Oscar Wood has assigned himself mental marching orders after being knocked out of the Olympics -- he plans to use the mat as his classroom as he aims for the 2006 Games in Beijing.
6:31 pm | August 24, 2004 | Rulon Gardner swept all three of his matches Tuesday to reach the 264.5-pound Greco-Roman wrestling semifinals - four years after snapping Russian legend Alexander Karelin's 13-year unbeaten international streak in Sydney.
6:19 pm | August 24, 2004 | A much-debated international wrestling rule called “the clinch” led to the end of Dennis Hall’s lifetime quest for Olympic gold.
7:06 pm | August 23, 2004 | Dennis Hall has already beaten a major opponent — weight-cutting — heading into his Greco-Roman opener Tuesday at 121 agonizing-to-reach pounds.
5:28 pm | August 23, 2004 | Japan’s Kaori Icho scored three unanswered points on Monday — the last with 22 seconds left — to stop American Sara McMann 3-2 in the 138.5-pound gold medal wrestling match at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall.
3:21 pm | August 22, 2004 | Sara McMann's body language, facial expressions and halting answers seemed to indicate an Olympic dream ended, even if the women's wrestling results sheet indicated otherwise.
2:10 pm | August 22, 2004 | Every time a member of the U.S. women's freestyle wrestling team stepped on a mat Sunday, history was being written faster than the ink and sweat could dry as the U.S. placed two of its four competitors in Monday's semifinals.
12:07 pm | August 22, 2004 | A blow to a disc in Garrett Lowney's spine during a match seemed to spell the end of his wrestling career, but when the Greco-Roman competition begins Tuesday, Lowney will be on the mat.
11:59 am | August 22, 2004 | Ten years ago, Oscar Wood was the can't-miss phenom in United States high school wrestling, but after an unexpectedly long, difficult decade, he's finally reached the Olympics.
9:23 am | August 20, 2004 | A far-flung set of trailblazers known as the U.S. women's freestyle wrestling team - Patricia Miranda, Toccara Montgomery, Tela O'Donnell and Sara McMann - begin competing Sunday for the first Olympic medals in the history of the sport.
3:50 pm | August 16, 2004 | U.S. wrestlers are saving their Kodak moments for the medal stand.
1:37 pm | August 16, 2004 | Coach Mike Candrea publicly analyzes life without his wife, who died suddenly last month from a brain aneurysm.
12:17 pm | August 16, 2004 | Daniel Cormier has packed equal parts success and sorrow in his 25 years of life.
7:08 pm | August 11, 2004 | Wrestling plot lines for the Athens Games include the improbable life story of Rulon Gardner, the international rise of quiet Iowa college star Cael Sanderson and four American women who hope to make history.
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COMMENTARY AND PERSPECTIVE
CHRISTINE BRENNAN | USA TODAY
BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star
DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic
IAN O'CONNOR | The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News
MIKE LOPRESTI | Gannett News Service
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