BLOOD ON THE MAT

THE KILLING OF AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST SUGGESTS THAT JOHN DU PONT, PATRON OF WRESTLING, WAS NO ANGEL

TO BECOME A CHAMPION, DECLARES A plaque in the private gym that John Eleuthere du Pont built to train world-class athletes, "you can't just take it to the top. You have to take it over the top." Last week the sports- and gun-loving Du Pont, an heir to his family's chemical-company fortune, appears to have done just that. Starting on Friday afternoon and stretching into the weekend, the 57-year-old crack marksman held off police, who had sped to his mansion near Philadelphia to arrest Du Pont for the shooting death of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz, 36.

The killing was a lethal...

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