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2012 Olympics: St. Louis Native Spenser Mango Represents Team USA In Wrestling

St. Louis native Spenser Mango will be competing in Greco-Roman wrestling for Team USA in London.

May 15, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Team USA men's wrestler Spenser Mango during a portrait session at the 2012 Team USA Media Summit at the Hilton Anatole. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
May 15, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Team USA men's wrestler Spenser Mango during a portrait session at the 2012 Team USA Media Summit at the Hilton Anatole. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Spenser Mango may only be 5-foot-2, but the American wrestler has high expectations as play begins in the 2012 Summer Olympics on Saturday. After excelling against fellow Americans at this year's U.S. Olympic Trials, Mango is looking for his first ever Olympic medal this summer.

A native of St. Louis, Mango is considered one of the elite Greco-Roman wrestlers on Team USA. In addition to making this year's team, he also represented the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he reached the quarterfinals. This year, the 26-year-old is presumably looking to finish higher.

Wrestling competition won't actually begin at the Games until August 5, with the final being completed on August 12, the last day of this year's Olympics. There are two different kinds of wrestling in the Games, Greco-Roman and Freestyle, with men competing in seven different weight classes within each style. Women only compete in Freestyle with four weight classes.

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