BRUCE BAUMGARTNER: HOLD OF GOLD

WRESTLER BRUCE BAUMGARTNER WILL TRY TO TAKE DOWN AN UNPRECEDENTED FOURTH MEDAL IN THE OLYMPICS

In the beginning, super-heavyweight wrestler Bruce Baumgartner was a certifiable mediocrity. He never finished better than third in the New Jersey state high school wrestling competition, and such U.S. college wrestling meccas as Oklahoma State and Iowa didn't give him a look. He went to Indiana State University and grappled in relative obscurity until his senior year, when he exploded in a burst of 44 straight wins and ended up with the National Collegiate Athletic Association title. That was 1982, and he hasn't lost to an American since, having won 14 consecutive national championships along the way.

Now, a relative ancient...

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