FLASH: U.S. wins Pan Am Junior Greco-Roman title in Canada, with six champions

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | June 28, 2014, 12:04 a.m. (ET)
Jake Short won four matches to win the Greco-Roman gold at 66 kg at the Junior Pan American Championships in Canada. Short was one of six U.S. champs.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada - The United States dominated the Junior Pan American Championships on Friday, winning six of the eight gold medals.

Individual champions for the United States included:
• Michael Beck of Ellicott City, Md. at 50 kg/110 lbs.
• Joshua Rodriguez of Guadelupe, Calif. at 60 kg/132 lbs.
• Jake Short of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.
• Ricky Robertson of Tinley Park, Ill. at 84 kg/185 lbs.
• Troy Hembury of Muncy, Pa. at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
• Garrett Ryan of Scottsdale, Ariz., at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.

"The guys represented their country well. They were aggressive and dominant. I was pleased with their composure especially since most had no international experience,” said U.S. Greco-Roman Coach Joe Russell of Fairfax, Va.

Rodriguez, Short, Robertson and Ryan went unbeaten in roundrobin competitions in their weight classes. Hembury had one opponent in his division, who he beat in the finals. Beck won his weight class uncontested.

All of the American men will also wrestle in freestyle on Sunday.

“They will have no time to celebrate. They weigh in for freestyle tomorrow (Saturday) and compete on Sunday. I am confident they will rise to the occasion for the Freestyle competition,” said Russell.

The U.S. women’s team has weighed in and have received their draws for Saturday’s competition.

At Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, June 27

U.S. Men’s Greco-Roman results

50 kg/110 lbs. – Michael Beck, Ellicott City, Md., 1st place

55 kg/121 lbs. – Trey Andrews, Safford, Ariz., dnp
LOSS Dicter Hans Toro (Colombia), tech. fall 6-15
LOSS Wesley Morales (Puerto Rico), fall

60 kg/132 lbs. – Joshua Rodriguez, Guadelupe, Calif., 1st place
WIN Hecjomar Joel Cruz (Puerto Rico), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Victor Alfonso Lopez (El Salvador), tech. fall 10-2
WIN Christopher Palacios (Peru), tech. fall, 8-0
WIN Kenedy Anderson Moreas (Brazil)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Jake Short, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1st place
WIN Alvaro Gutierres (Peru), tech. fall 8-0
WIN Jose Sanchez (Ecuador), 5-1
WIN Elias Ismael Lucio (Argentina), tech fall 8-0
WIN Lucas Gordon Hoffert (Canada)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Anthony Valencia, Pico Rivera, Calif., 2nd
WIN Angello David Hurtado (Peru), tech. fall 10-2
WIN Enrique Javier Cuero (Ecuador), 8-0
LOSS Elias Gabriel Olivera (Argentina), inj. dft. illness

84 kg/185 lbs. – Ricky Robertson, Tinley Park, Ill., 1st
WIN Ricardo Adrian Baez (Argentina), 10-4
WIN Grayson Alexander St.-Laurent (Canada), tech. fall 13-5
WIN Ricardo Adrian Baez (Argentina)

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Troy Hembury, Muncy, Pa., 1st
WIN Angus Cowell (Canada),

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Garrett Ryan, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1st
WIN Saheel Shaun Khan-Mudaliar (Canada), 8-0
WIN Lester Josue Enriquez (Guatemala)