Photo by Team V Sports Performance.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The USA picked up six medals, including three gold and three silver, on the first day of Greco-Roman competition at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
One of the highlights of the day came at 130 kg, where 2018 World silver medalist Adam Coon pinned his way to his first Senior Pan Am title.
Coming off two falls in the morning session, Coon faced Luciano Del Rio from Argentina in the 130 kg final. Trailing 1-0 after getting hit with passivity, Coon forced Del Rio to his back and was awarded the pin at the 1:59-mark for his third pin of the day.
(Strong candidate for OW, but that will be decided tomorrow after the entire Greco tournament is complete.)
Max Nowry and RaVaughn Perkins also finished with gold medals after going undefeated in round-robin action.
At 55 kg, Nowry completed a perfect outing, finishing off the day with an 8-0 tech fall over host country Argentina’s Marcelo Torres. Nowry scored quickly on a takedown and turn and immediately picked up four more points on a takedown and turn for an 8-0 tech fall in 34 seconds.
In a three-man bracket at 72 kg, Perkins locked up the title in the first session, wrestling his only two matches this morning. Therefore, he did not wrestle in the evening session. Earlier in the day, he recorded a fall and a tech fall.
Silver medals came from Ryan Mango, Ellis Coleman and G’Angelo Hancock.
Coming out of a round-robin bracket, Mango, the 2018 Pan Am champ, took second at 63 kg. In the finals, Mango dropped a 9-0 bout to Andres Montano Arroyo to finish the day with a 2-1 record.
After a strong morning session, Coleman battled World and Olympic champion Ismael Borrero Molina of Cuba for the crown at 67 kg. Coleman came out with power, but it was Borrero Molina who took the win, 11-1.
2016 Junior World bronze medalist Hancock battled Cuba’s Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan, the returning Pan American champion. The Cuban got off to a hot start and went on to win, 10-2. Hancock’s silver is his second Senior Pan Am medal. In 2017, Hancock won Pan Am bronze.
At 60 kg, Dalton Roberts took fifth, which eventually earned a qualifying spot for the 2019 Pan American Games in August.
The tournament continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time (9 a.m. EST) live on Trackwrestling.com.
2019 SENIOR PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 18-21
GOLD - Max NOWRY (USA)
SILVER - Sargis KHACHATRYAN (BRA)
BRONZE - Joshua MEDINA (PUR)
GOLD - Luis ORTA SANCHEZ (CUB) TF Samuel GURRIA VIGUERAS (MEX), 9-0
BRONZE - Anthony PALENCIA PUENTES (VEN) dec. Dalton ROBERTS (USA), 1-1
BRONZE - Dicther TORO CASTANEDA (COL) dec. Maikol JOSEFA (DOM), 4-3
GOLD - Andres MONTANO ARROYO (ECU)
SILVER - Ryan MANGO (USA)
BRONZE - Jose DAVILA CABELLO (PER)
GOLD - Ismael BORRERO MOLINA (CUB) TF Ellis COLEMAN (USA), 11-1
BRONZE - Shalom VILLEGAS REQUENA (VEN) TF Cristhian RIVAS CASTRO (ECU), 8-0
BRONZE - Joilson DE BRITO RAMOS JUNIOR (BRA) dec. Manuel LOPEZ SALCERO (MEX), 3-1
GOLD – RaVaughn PERKINS (USA)
SILVER - Kenedy MORAES PEDROSA (BRA)
BRONZE - Francisco BARRIO (ARG)
GOLD - Gabriel ROSILLO KINDELAN (CUB) TF G’Angelo HANCOCK (USA), 10-2
BRONZE - Kevin MEJIA CASTILLO (HON) wins by injury default Jose ARIAS PAREDES (DOM)
BRONZE - Luillys PEREZ MORA (VEN) dec. Oscar LOANGO SOLIS (COL), 3-1
GOLD - Adam COON (USA) fall Luciano DEL RIO (ARG)
BRONZE - Angel PACHECO ROMERO (CUB) TF Diego ALMENDRAS RODRIQUEZ (CHI), 8-0
BRONZE - Edgardo LOPEZ MORELL (PUR) dec. Charles THOMS (CAN), 11-7
U.S. Greco-Roman results
55 kg: Max Nowry (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP/Illinois RTC) - GOLD
WIN Sargis Khachatryan (Brazil), 4-3
WIN Joshua Medina (Puerto Rico), 9-0
WIN Marcelo Torres (Argentina), 8-0
60 kg: Dalton Roberts (Fowlerville, Mich./New York AC) - FIFTH
WIN Luis Morales Manchaya (Ecuador), 12-3
LOSS Luis Orta Sanchez (Cuba), 8-0
WIN Andres Gonzalez Andrade (Panama), medical forfeit
LOSS Anthony Palencia Puentes (Venezuela), 1-1
63 kg: Ryan Mango (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP/California RTC) - SILVER
WIN Jose Davila Cabello (Peru), 9-0
WIN Mauri Vicente Silverio Junior (Brazil), 9-0
LOSS Andres Montano Arroyo (Ecuador), 9-0
67 kg: Ellis Coleman (Colorado Springs, Colo./Army WCAP) - SILVER
WIN Victor Lopez Miranda (El Salvador), 9-0
WIN Sharon Villegas (Venezuela), 11-0
WIN Cristhian Rivas Castro (Ecuador), 10-0
LOSS Ismael Borrero Molina (Cuba), 11-1
72 kg: RaVaughn Perkins (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) - GOLD
WIN Francisco Barrio (Argentina), fall
WIN Kenedy Moraes Pedrosa (Brazil), 8-0
97 kg: G’Angelo Hancock (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) - SILVER
WIN Manuel Huaman Caillahua (Peru), 8-0
WIN Kevin Mejia Castillo (Honduras), 9-0
WIN Jose Arias Paredes (Dominican Republic), 11-2
WIN Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan (Cuba), 10-2
130 kg: Adam Coon (Ann Arbor, Mich./New York AC/Cliff Keen RTC) - GOLD
WIN Diego Almendras Rojas (Chile), fall
WIN Angel Pacheco Romero (Cuba), fall
WIN Luciano Del Rio (Argentina), fall