Victoria Anthony advances to finals at Pan American Championships

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | July 16, 2014, 2:28 p.m. (ET)
MEXICO CITY - American Victoria Anthony recorded three straight falls to advance to the finals of the Pan American Championships on Wednesday.

Anthony, a two-time Junior World champion, advances to face World champion Jessica MacDonald of Canada in the women's freestyle finals at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. Anthony placed fifth at the 2013 Senior World Championships.

MacDonald beat Anthony 10-0 in the semifinals of the Dave Schultz Memorial International earlier this year.

The finals are set for 6 p.m. Central Time in Mexico City.

U.S. wrestlers Haley Augello (53 kg/116.5 lbs.), Cheyenne Youngblood (60 kg/132 lbs.), Julia Salata (69 kg/152 lbs.) and Victoria Francis (75 kg/165 lbs.) have landed spots in bronze-medal matches.

The Pan American Championships freestyle tournament will be held on Thursday. Olympic gold medalist and two-time World  champion Jordan Burroughs is among the U.S. wrestlers scheduled to compete.

FILA is providing a live webcast of this tournament this week. Go to the FILA website, click the Pan American logo, and go to the Live video section. The FILA website is:

At Mexico City, Mexico, July 16

U.S. women's freestyle performances

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Victoria Anthony, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Sunkist Kids)

WIN Paula De Susana (Brazil), fall
WIN Katiuska Toaza (Ecuador), fall
WIN Thalia Jihann Mallqui (Peru), fall
vs. Jessica MacDonald (Canada) in gold-medal match

53 kg/116.5 lbs. – Haley Augello, Lockport, Ill. (New York AC/King Univ.)
WIN Katherin Sanchez (Panama), tech fall 10-0
LOSS Angelica Bustos (Ecuador), fall
WIN Camila Fama (Brazil), fall
vs. Coral Jimenez (Mexico) in bronze-medal match

55 kg/121 lbs. – Cady Chessin, Los Gatos, Calif. (Menlo College)
LOSS Guillia Oliveira (Brazil), 8-3

58 kg/128 lbs. – Kayla Miracle, Campbellsville, Ky. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Claudia Garcia (Nicaragua), 4-0
LOSS Yaquelin Estornell (Cuba), 6-4

60 kg/132 lbs. – Cheyenne Youngblood, Temecula, Calif. (Missouri Baptist)
WIN Martha Olivares (Peru), 10-5
LOSS Michelle Fazzari (Canada), tech fall 10-0
vs. Odalis Kasmel (Venezuela) in bronze-medal match

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Shai Mason, Gardenia, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)
WIN Yuri Mata (El Salvador), 9-3
LOSS Carix Ramirez (Dominican Republic), 7-1

69 kg/152 lbs. – Julia Salata, Canton, Ill. (New York AC/King Univ.)
WIN Gilda Oliveira (Brazil), 4-0
LOSS Leidy Marcela Izquierdo (Colombia), 6-5
vs. Alejandra Pina (Mexico) in bronze-medal match

75 kg/165 lbs. – Victoria Francis, Litchfield, Ill. (Titan Mercury WC/Lindenwood Univ.)
WIN Chabelys Gimenez (Venezuela), 9-6
LOSS Lisset Hechevarria (Cuba), tech fall 10-0
vs. Vaneza Batista (Dominican Republic) in bronze-medal match