2004 Titan Games
June 18-20, 2004
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Article by Mark Palmer, Photos by Al
On Saturday, the US Olympic Greco-Roman team defeated the wrestlers from the Republic of Georgia 13-9, with Lindsey Durlacher (55 kg/121 lbs), Jim Gruenwald (60 kg/132 lbs), Oscar Wood (66 kg/145.5 lbs), Brad Vering (84 kg/185 lbs) and Rulon Gardner (120 kg/264.5 lbs) all securing wins. The US Olympic men’s freestyle team dominated Spain 28-1, with the US wrestlers winning all their matches by either pin or technical fall.
Sunday saw the men’s freestyle team dominate the Republic of Georgia 26-3, winning four matches and receiving three forfeits. Joe Williams (74 kg/163 lbs) and Daniel Cormier (96 kg/211.5 lbs) both earned technical falls, while Eric Guerrero (60 kg/132 lbs) and Cael Sanderson (84 kg/185 lbs) both won by decision over their opponents. The results in the Greco-Roman competition were similar, with the US coming out on top of Spain 22-6. Waldo Moreno was Spain’s only winner, as Garrett Lowney declared a medical forfeit at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Team scores were not always so lopsided. In women’s freestyle competition on Sunday, the US edged Canada 8-6. At 48 kg/105.5 lbs, Canada’s Lyndsay Belisle defeated Patricia Miranda 4-0, and Tonya Verbeek beat USA’s Tela O’Donnell 9-4 in competition at 55 kg/121 lbs. However, after those two losses, the US women came roaring back, with Sara McMann (63 kg/138.75 lbs) and Toccara Montgomery (72 kg/158.5 lbs) both pinning their respective opponents.
At the conclusion of the 2004 Titan Games, all three US wrestling teams earned first place honors. In women’s freestyle competition, Canada placed second. In both men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, the Republic of Georgia came in second, with Spain placing third.
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