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Ex-Countryside wrestler fails in bid for Olympics

By BOB PUTNAM, Times wires
Published May 23, 2004

Jared Frayer came up short Saturday in his bid to make the U.S. Olympic wrestling team.

Competing at the trials in Indianapolis, the former Countryside High and University of Oklahoma standout was eliminated with two losses in the 1451/2-pound freestyle class.

Frayer went 1-2 and finished fifth. He opened with a technical fall against Jeff Ratliff in Friday's quarterfinals before losing 3-2 to Eric Larkin in the semifinals and 4-1 to Doug Schwab in a consolation bout. The losses were frustrating considering Frayer had beaten both in previous tournaments.

"It was a tough day at the office for him," said Dave Frayer, Jared's father. "He's had trouble being consistent at each tournament."

CYCLING: Armstrong gains ground

Lance Armstrong finished 15th in the fourth stage of the Languedoc-Roussillon, a Tour de France tuneup. Armstrong advanced from 44th to ninth in the overall standings with one stage left. He was 2 minutes, 8 seconds behind stage winner Christophe Moreau, who claimed the overall lead and is 12 seconds ahead of Armstrong teammate Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia. Armstrong is 2:31 back.

GIRO D'ITALIA: Ukrainians ruled with Sergy Honchar (1:06:45) winning an individual time test in the 13th stage and Yaroslav Popovych taking the overall lead. Popovych leads Honchar by three seconds.

HORSES: Purge wins Peter Pan

Purge pulled away in the stretch to win by 63/4 lengths over Swingforthefences in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. Purge, trained by Todd Pletcher, covered the 11/8 miles in 1:47.98, paying $6.80, $4.60 and $2.70. Purge may have earned a start in two weeks in the Belmont Stakes, where Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones will attempt to become the first Triple Crown champion in 26 years. Purge is familiar with Smarty Jones, finishing second to the undefeated colt in the Rebel Stakes and fifth in the Arkansas Derby.

TENNIS: Unknown ousts Davenport

Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport was upset in the Strasbourg Open final in France by Luxembourg's Claudine Schaul, a 66th-ranked player who won her first title. Schaul won 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 against No. 4 Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam champion. Schaul will enter the top 50 of the WTA rankings for the first time.

VIENNA GRAND PRIX: Martina Navratilova and former Florida star Lisa Raymond won the doubles title in Austria, beating Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs 6-2, 7-5. It was the 47-year-old Navratilova's 174th WTA title. Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi won singles, defeating Alicia Molik 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

WORLD TEAM CUP: Chile defeated Australia 2-1 in Duesseldorf, Germay, becoming the first country to win consecutive titles since the United States in 1984-85. Fernando Gonzalez downed Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 6-2, and Nicolas Massu clinched the title by beating Mark Philippoussis 6-3, 6-1.

GRAND PRIX HASSAN II: Top-seeded Dominik Hrbaty fell to qualifier Santiago Ventura 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 in Casablanca, Morocco. Ventura won his first ATP title in his first appearance in a final.

RAIFFEISEN GRAND PRIX: Filippo Volandri won his first ATP title, beating Xavier Malisse 6-1, 6-4 in Austria.


BOXING: Floyd Mayweather Jr. overpowered DeMarcus Corley in Atlantic City, N.J., capturing a unanimous decision in his first fight as a 140-pounder. Mayweather, who has won 32 straight bouts, knocked Corley down twice in the WBC elimination bout. France's Jean-Marc Mormeck retained his WBA cruiserweight title, unanimously outpointing American Virgil Hill in Brakpan, South Africa.

SOCCER: Cornell Glen, an MLS rookie from Trinidad and Tobago making his first start, scored in the 55th minute as the MetroStars tied host New England at 1.

TRACK AND FIELD: Marion Jones breezed to wind-aided victories in the 100 meters (10.99 seconds) and long jump (23 feet, 43/4 inches) at the Home Depot Invitational in Carson, Calif. Olympic champion Maurice Greene won the men's 100 in 9.86, also wind-aided. The wind for those events was around 10 mph, more than double the allowable limit.

[Last modified May 22, 2004, 23:54:28]

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