SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Matt Lindland is unbeaten so far in Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling -- and, just as importantly, he still isn't losing off the mat, either.
Lindland, who didn't place in last year's world championships, followed a familiar scenario to unexpectedly reach Tuesday's 167 1/2-pound (76 kg) gold-medal match.
Namely, wrestle a debated match on the mat, then win the appeals process that follows.
The 30-year-old Lindland, from Milwaukie, Ore., rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat David Manukyan of the Ukraine 7-4 in the semifinals for his fourth victory in two days.
However, Lindland had a few uncertain moments after the victory, as Manukyan protested the scoring, mostly a sequence in which Lindland was awarded a takedown. Manukyan argued in the Olympic appeals process for a rematch, but it was denied.
For Lindland, it was the same scenario that occupied most of his summer. Lindland lost to Keith Sieracki in the U.S. trials in Dallas, but reversed the decision through a lengthy fight that began with arbitration and extended through a series of U.S. courts.
This time, the appeals process lasted only a few minutes. Judges reviewed the videotape and agreed the scoring was correct.
Garrett Lowney, the inexperienced 20-year-old upset kid from Minneapolis who beat a five-time world champion en route to the semifinals, lost 8-1 to former world champion Mikael Ljungberg of Sweden at 213 3/4 pounds (97 kg).
Lowney, who will wrestle Tuesday for the bronze medal, had scored three consecutive upsets before losing -- including a stunning ouster of five-time world champion Gogui Koguachvili of Russia on Sunday.
Lowney, wrestling in his first major senior-level international tournament, was outmuscled by the more experienced Ljungberg, a two-time world champion and 1996 Olympic bronze medalist.
Quincey Clark of New Brighton, Minn., lost 5-0 to Luis Enrique Mendez of Cuba and Mohamed Mohamed of Egypt 12-0 at 187 1/4 pounds (85 kg).
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