WRESTLING GLOOM

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 9:02 AM

The London Olympics have been a disaster for the U.S. wrestling team.

For the fourth day in a row, no American wrestler could even reach the semifinals after women's freestylers Clarissa Chun and Elena Pirozhkova were knocked out early on Wednesday.

Chun lost her second match to the 2011 world silver medalist, Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan. Pirozhkova didn't even get that far, dropping her first match to Latvian upstart Anastasija Grigorjeva in what can be considered quite the upset.

Both could still qualify to wrestle for a bronze medal out of the consolation brackets if the women who beat Chun and Pirozhkova make their finals.

But after its Greco-Roman team failed to medal in an Olympics it competed at for the first time since 1976, the U.S. needed a boost from its women's program. It hasn't come yet.

— Luke Meredith — Twitter http://twitter.com/LukeMeredithAP

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