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First Weekend in Frisco

The Pan Am Championships were the first of two international wrestling weekends held in Frisco, Texas. This is sort of an odd weekend as the USA teams still have several weights to qualify. So USA Wrestling's main attention is on the next weekend, but we were free to let Jordan Burroughs go out there and dominate the 74 kg bracket since the weight is qualified.  

Many international wrestling minds are very worried about qualifying the remaining 12 classes after only having six after the 2015 World Championships. The top two at next weekend's qualifier get to go to Rio. That may sound easy at first glance, but (even though the tournament was in Vegas) it was a poor performance by the Western Hemisphere at the 2015 World Championships.

Here are two prime examples: 

Yowlys Bonne (Cuba) has had Tony Ramos' number. Thanks to a 2nd round loss to bronze medalist Lebedev (Russia) 2-2 and the stupid repechage system, Bonne went 1-1 in Vegas. If Ramos and Bonne get drawn together, it could mean doom for the USA at 57 kg. 

At 86 kg, Herbert, Salas (Cuba), and Espinal (Puerto Rico) all are previous World Medailsts but none of them finished in the top 6 in Vegas. Only two spots are up for grabs in Frisco so that's incredibly disappointing for someone.  

There are two qualifiers later overseas, but obviously the United States wants to get this done with and head to the Iowa City trials with all the weights qualified. You can see the seriousness of the situation by USA sending Ramos, Metcalf, Herbert, and Dlagnev to the qualifier. 

U.S. women’s freestyle roster (to compete on March 4)
48 kg/105.5 lbs - Alyssa Lampe, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
58 kg/128 lbs. - Alli Ragan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Erin Clodgo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
69 kg/152 lbs. - Tamyra Mensah, Katy, Texas (Titan Mercury WC)
Team Leader – Kyra Barry, New York, N.Y. 
National Women’s Coach – Terry Steiner, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach – Maxim Molonov, Colorado Springs, Colo.

U.S. men’s freestyle roster (to compete on March 5)
57 kg/125.5 lbs. - Tony Ramos, Iowa City, Iowa (Titan Mercury WC/Hawkeye WC)
65 kg/143 lbs. - Brent Metcalf, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC/Hawkeye WC)
86 kg/189 lbs. - Jake Herbert, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC/Cliff Keen WC)
125 kg/275 lbs. - Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids/Ohio RTC)
National Freestyle Coach – Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Assistant National Freestyle Coach – Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Assistant National Freestyle Coach – Brandon Slay, Colorado Springs, Colo.

U.S. Greco-Roman roster (to compete on March 6)
59 kg/130 lbs. – Ildar Hafizov, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – RaVaughn Perkins, Omaha, Neb. (New York AC)
85 kg/187 lbs. – Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
98 kg/213 lbs. – Joe Rau, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
Team Leader – Kiki Kelley, Minneapolis, Minn.
National Greco-Roman Coach – Matt Lindland, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Assistant National Greco-Roman Coach – Momir Petkovic, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach – Dan Chandler, Minneapolis, Minn.

And here are the results from the first weekend:

U.S. Men’s freestyle performance

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Sam Hazewinkel, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Eliesar Guevera Abrines (Cuba), tech. fall 14-3
WIN Andry Jose Davila Baron (Venezuela), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Darthe Cappelin (Canada), 7-5

61 kg/134 lbs.- Coleman Scott, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Jefferson Walter Mayea Figueroa (Ecuador), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Pedro Jesus Mejia Rodriguez (Venezuela), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Wilber Euclides Cuero Munoz (Colombia), 8-4

65 kg/143 lbs. - James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska RTC), silver medal
WIN Dillon Williams (Canada), tech. fall 12-1
WIN Brandon Disair Diaz Ramirez (Mexico), 3-2
LOSS Anthony Jose Montero Chirinos (Venezuela), 6-10

70 kg/154 lbs. - Frank Molinaro, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC), gold medal
WIN Hernan Guzman Ipuz (Colombia), pin 2:01
WIN Alejandro Enrique Vasldes Tobier (Cuba), 4-2

74 kg/163 lbs - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska RTC), gold medal
WIN Pedro Orlando Martinez Chen (Guatemala), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Francisco Daniel Soler Tanco (Puerto Rico), tech fall
WIN Ilya Abelev (Canada), tech. fall 14-2
WIN Carlos Arturo Izquierdo Mendez (Colombia), tech. fall 12-2

86 kg/189 lbs. - Keith Gavin, Charlottesville, Va. (Titan Mercury WC), bronze medal
WIN Edison Omar Paladines Alberca (Ecuador), tech. fall 16-5
WIN Miguel Javier Sanchez Geraldo (Mexico), tech. fall 12-0
LOSS Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba), 2-4
WIN Erick Rodolpho Orellana Orellana (Guatemala), tech. fall 10-0

97 kg/213 lbs. - Scott Schiller, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), bronze medal
LOSS Jose Daniel Diaz Robertty (Venezuela), 2-6
WIN Nathaniel Rose (Trinidad and Tobago), tech. fall 11-0

125 kg/275 lbs. - Dom Bradley, Blue Springs, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Antoine Braga Abou Jaoude (Brazil), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Jesse Prudente Ruiz Flores (Mexico), tech. fall, 10-0
WIN Yudenny Alpajon Estevez (Cuba), 2-1

U.S. Greco-Roman performances

59 kg/130 lbs. – Sam Jones, Folsom, La. (NYAC/NMU), bronze medal
WIN Steven Takahashi (Canada), tech. fall 9-0
LOSS Ali Soto Macias (Mexico), 8-13
WIN Andry Davila Baron (Venezuela), forfeit

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Alejandro Sancho, Miami, Fla. (NYAC/NMU), silver medal
WIN Jose Magallanes Durand (Peru), tech fall 8-0
WIN Raiber Jose Rodriguez Orozco (Venezuela), tech. fall 12-4
LOSS Miguel Martinez Palacio (Cuba), tech. fall 0-8 

71 kg/156 lbs. - Patrick Smith, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), gold medal
WIN Jose Sanchez Betancourt (Ecuador), pin 1:46
WIN Mourio Molinaa Cortez (Peru), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Jair Alexis Cuero Munoz (Colombia), 2-2

75 kg/165 lbs. - Geordan Speiller, Oviedo, Fla. (Florida Jets), gold medal
WIN Juan Angel Escobar (Mexico), 2:30
WIN Luis Eduardo Avendano Rojas (Venezuela), tech. fall 12-2
WIN Yurisandi Hernandez Rios (Puerto Rico), tech. fall 10-0

80 kg/174 lbs. - Cheney Haight, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), gold medal
WIN Enrique Cuero Ortiz (Ecuador), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Claudio Andres Gamboa Zuniga (Chile), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Maximiliano Prudenzano (Argentina), 2-0

85 kg/187 lbs. - Patrick Martinez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), bronze medal
LOSS Alfonso Antonio Leyva Yepez (Mexico), 2-4
WIN Ronisson Brandao Santiago (Brazil), 2-0

98 kg/215 lbs. - Jacob Kasper, Mansfield, Ohio (Roughhouse)
LOSS Oscar Loango Solis (Colombia), tech fall 0-10

130 kg/286 lbs. - Toby Erickson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC), bronze medal
WIN Josue Encarnacion Ovanido (Dominican Republic), tech. fall 10-0
LOSS Eduard Soghomonyan (Brazil), 2-4
WIN Erwin Caraballo Cabrera (Venezuela), 3-0

U.S. women’s freestyle performance

48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Clarissa Chun, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Suzana Paula De Alameida Dos Santos (Brazil), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Yusneylys Guzman Lopez (Cuba), tech. fall 12-0
WIN Laura Gabriela Paredo Torres (Mexico), 7-4
WIN Natasha Kramble (Canada), 8-4

53 kg/116.5 lbs. – Michaela Hutchison, Lebanon, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC). 5th place
LOSS Jasmine Mian (Canada), 0-6
WIN Vicmarie Requena Tirado (Puerto Rico), pin 0:30
LOSS Leidy Caterine Cifuentes Carranza (Colombia), 2-7

55 kg/121 lbs. - Sharon Jacobson, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), bronze medal
LOSS Guilia Rodrigues Penalber de Olivera (Brazil), pin 2:07

58 kg/128 lbs. - Kelsey Campbell, Tempe, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Emily Yulieth Sanchez Ortega (Panama), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Lissette Alexandra Antes Castillo (Ecuador), 2-1
WIN Yaquelin Estornell Elizastigue (Cuba), 3-3

60 kg/132 lbs. - Leigh Jaynes-Provisor, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP). Bronze medal
LOSS Jackeline Renteria Castillo (Colombia), pin 5:58
LOSS Yanet Ursula Sovero Nino (Peru), 3-8
WON Joice Souza Da Silva (Brazil), 9-2

63 kg/138.75 lbs. -Amanda Hendey, San Gabriel, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), silver medal
WIN Leidy Marcela Izquierdo Mendez (Colombia), pin 4:03
WIN Katerina Videaux Lopez (Cuba), pin 4:16
LOST Lais Nunez de Olivera (Brazil), 1-8

69 kg/152 lbs. – Elena Pirozhkova, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC). Gold medal
WIN Cinthia Morales (Mexico), pin 3:00
WIN Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez (Cuba) 5-8
WIN Maria Jose Acosta Acosta (Venezuela), forfeit

75 kg/165 lbs. – Iris Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army WCAP), 5th place
WIN Dayanara Rivera Suarez (Puerto Rico), pin 5:18
LOSS Andrea Carolina Olaya Gutierrez (Colombia), inj. dft., 1:36
LOSS. Jaramit Leonor Weffer Guanipa (Venezuela), forfeit