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In what appears to be a rare decision in favor of an athlete who had apparently lost a contest, an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association has ordered a rematch between Matt Lindland and Keith Sieracki to determine which of the two will join the U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling team in Sydney, Australia for the summer games. As first reported by American Lawyer Media on Wednesday, Lindland is the national champion in his weight class and assistant coach at the University of Nebraska who challenged his losing of a controversial June match he had in Dallas with the U.S. Army’s Sieracki. Lindland insisted that Sieracki had used illegal leg moves and was not called on it by officials refereeing the match. Lindland took his case to the Greco-Roman Wrestling Committee of USA Wrestling, the governing body of amateur wrestling. But that committee upheld Sieracki’s contested victory. Lindland then went to arbitration. And following a hearing in Chicago this week the arbitrator ordered a rematch on Aug. 14. Arbitrator Daniel T. Burns said the committee “failed in several significant respects” to give Lindland a fair process to hear his complaint. “It was what we hoped for and was absolutely the right decision,” said Steven Thompson, of the Chicago office of Dallas’ Jenkens & Gilchrist, who represented Lindland. “I understand from USA Wrestling that it’s very unusual” for an arbitrator to order a rematch.

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