Wrestling Preview
In Lima, Peru, Team USA looks to continue its dominance at the Pan American level in wrestling, with a talented squad led by seven athletes that combine for 22 senior world championship medals. 

At the head of the pack are world and Olympic champions Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Snyder in men’s freestyle, four-time world champion Adeline Gray in women’s freestyle and 2018 world silver medalist Adam Coon in Greco-Roman. 

Burroughs, Snyder and Gray all won Pan American Games titles in 2015. Burroughs also claimed gold in 2011. 

The men’s freestyle team already put together an impressive Pan American performance earlier in 2019, winning 10 out of 10 gold medals at the Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It appears that in men’s freestyle, the U.S. is separating itself from its competition. 

The women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman teams are making huge strides as was evident by their Pan American Championships outings in April 2019. The women’s freestyle team picked up five golds, three silvers and one bronze, while in Greco, the U.S. scored four golds, four silvers and one bronze for a total of nine medals each. 

All three squads also earned the Pan American team titles at the championships. Greco-Roman defeated powerhouse Cuba by 70 points, women’s freestyle topped a strong lineup from Canada by 33 points, and men’s freestyle blew out second-place Canada by 121 points. 

While the Pan American Games do not serve as an Olympic qualifier for wrestling, impressive lineups from Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Ecuador and Mexico are nonetheless expected, as these Pan American nations have been rising to the challenge set by the U.S. 

Greco-Roman action kicks off the wrestling portion of the Games on Aug. 7-8, followed by women’s freestyle Aug. 8-9 and ending with men’s freestyle Aug. 9-10.