USA Pan American U15 women’s freestyle team gets draw for Friday competition

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Sept. 13, 2018, 7:14 p.m. (ET)
The USA U15 Pan American girls freestyle team pose together in Mexico, prior to Friday's competition. Photo courtesy of the team.

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico – The USA Pan American U15 women’s freestyle team has received its draw for the competition, which begins on Friday morning.

The athletes will weigh-in on Friday at 7:45 a.m. in Villahermosa, and the first round of competition is scheduled at 10:00 a.m.

The athletes have received their opponents for Friday, pending weigh-ins. Each of the athletes will either have a roundrobin competition, or a best-of-three finals series.

The U.S. team was determined based upon approved procedures. The qualifying event for the girls was the Schoolgirl division of the Women’s National Championships in Irving, Texas in May. All 10 of the Pan American team members were champions at the Schoolgirl Freestyle Nationals.

Coaching the U.S. women’s team is Mike Duran of Baldwin Park, Calif. and Max Mejia of Chandler, Ariz. The Medical staff member is Elizabeth Del Re of Allentown, Pa. The Referee is Dwayne Henry of Riverton, Utah.

The time in Villahermosa is the same as U.S. Central time zone. The Mexican wrestling federation had a Facebook Live broadcast of the Greco-Roman event, and if there is one for the other two styles, USA Wrestling will post that information on its social media. TheMat.com will have daily updates from this competition.

PAN AMERICAN U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Villahermosa, Mexico,

U.S. Girls Freestyle draws for Friday

33 kg – Valerie Hamilton, Gridley, Ill.
Vs. Natalia Lineth Avila (Mexico), best of three

36 kg – Madison Wellen, East Berlin, Pa.
Vs. Ana Sofia Palacios Hernandez (Mexico), best of three

39 kg – Alexandra Szkotnicki (Riva, Md.)
Vs. Annett Huaman Malquii (Peru)
Vs. Ileana Aguilar Gonzalez (Mexico)

42 kg – Kiely Tabaldo, San Jose, Calif.
Vs. Nevis Milena Rodriguez Cantu (Mexico)

46 kg – Cristelle Rodriguez, Fresno, Calif.
Vs. Andrea Margot Avelino Barrientos (Mexico)
Vs. Yusneiry Agrazal West (Panama)
Vs. Andrea Toribio Torres (Peru)

50 kg – Jennifer Soto, Red Bluff, Calif.
Vs. Melanie Nahomi Jimenez Villalba (Mexico)
Vs. Yorlenis Moran Sanchez (Panama)
Vs. Selena Rojas Astoray (Peru)

54 kg – Korina Blades, Broadview, Ill.
Vs. Dulce Del Carmen Mora Mena (Mexico), best of three

58 kg – Destiny Rodriguez, West Linn, Ore.
Vs. Bertha Daniela Rojas Chavez (Mexico), best of three

62 kg – Lillian Frietas, Modesto, Calif.
Vs. Bianca Cruz Zapata (Peru)
Vs. Andrea Martinez De Leon (Mexico)

66 kg – Amit Elor, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Vs. Jesabel Ortega Munoz (Mexico), best of three

Remaining event schedule (same as U.S. Central time)

Friday, September 14 – Women’s freestyle competition

10:00 a.m. – Qualification and repechage
5:00 p.m. - Finals

Saturday, September 15- Men’s freestyle
10:00 a.m. – Qualification and repechage
5:00 p.m. - Finals