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Mensah-Stock, Velte, Anthony and Nolf claim Pan Am titles in Ottawa

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | March 08, 2020, 9:45 p.m. (ET)

Photo of Mallory Velte by Justin Hoch, jhoch.com.

OTTAWA, Canada – The U.S. women’s freestyle team wrapped up its Pan American Championships on Sunday, collecting three more gold medals and winning the team title in Ottawa, Canada. The USA also picked up a gold medal in men’s freestyle as that style began its competition today.

Scoring individual titles for the Red, White and Blue was Victoria Anthony at 50 kg, Mallory Velte at 62 kg, Tamyra Mensah-Stock at 68 kg and Jason Nolf at 79 kg in men’s freestyle.

Winning her second-consecutive gold medal, Mensah-Stock put together an awesome performance at 68 kg that earned her that tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler award.

After recording two pins and a technical fall in the morning session, Mensah-Stock added another pin, sticking 2018 U23 World champion Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez in a rematch of last year’s Pan Am finals.

Leading 2-0 at the break, the American scored a takedown and added a tilt, holding Sanchez to her back and eventually earned the fall at the 4:46-mark.

2018 World bronze medalist Velte won her finals bout at 62 kg decisively, defeating Lais Nunes de Oliveira for the second time today.

The two met earlier in the day in pool action, where Velte recorded a 6-4 win. This time, the American used an early four-point throw to propel her to a 6-2 victory for her first Pan Am gold medal.

Anthony collected her third Pan Am Championships gold medal today, winning the 50 kg bracket. In the finals, she won by injury default as three-time Pan Am Games medalist Carolina Castillo Hidalgo of Colombia did not compete.

Anthony now owns Pan Am golds from 2014, 2017 and 2020.

Jason Nolf, the lone rep for the USA in men’s freestyle today, also won his weight with an injury default in the finals over Victor Hernandez Luna from Mexico. Nolf went 2-0 on the day, picking up a 10-0 tech fall in the morning session.

With his gold-medal performance, Nolf has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Finishing with silver was five-time World champion and four-time Pan Am champion Adeline Gray, who injury defaulted her finals match at 76 kg.

At 53 kg, Haley Augello ended her tournament with a fourth-place finish.

Overall, the U.S. women’s team won the team title with 152 points, thanks to three gold medals, two silvers and one bronze.

The Pan American Championships wrap up tomorrow with the eight remaining men’s freestyle weights. Among those competing for the U.S. are Olympic champions Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Snyder.

Action begins at 10:30 a.m. ET on Monday live on Trackwrestling.com.

2020 PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Ottawa, Canada (March 6-9)

Women’s freestyle team standings
1. United States – 152
2. Canada – 141
3. Brazil – 103
4. Ecuador – 66
5. Venezuela – 62
6. Cuba – 53
7. Colombia – 51
8. Mexico – 46
9. Peru – 35
10. Puerto Rico – 20

Women’s freestyle final results

50 kg
GOLD – Victoria ANTHONY (USA) df. Carolina CASTILLO HIDALGO (COL),injury default
BRONZE - Kamila BARBOSA VITO DA SILVA (BRA) df. Genesis MILANO OLIVIO (VEN), 7-4
BRONZE - Jacqueline MOLLOCANA ELENO (ECU) df. Thalia MALLQUI PECHE (PER), 2-1

53 kg
GOLD - Luisa VALVERDE MELENDRES (ECU)
SILVER - Jade PARSONS (CAN)
BRONZE– Lianna de la Caridad MONTERO HERRERA (CUB)

57 kg
GOLD – Giullia RODRIGUES PENALBER DE OLIVEIRA (BRA) df. Hannah TAYLOR (CAN), fall
BRONZE – Betzabeth SARCO COLMENAREZ (VEN) win by injury default

62 kg
GOLD - Mallory VELTE (USA) df. Lais NUNES DE OLIVEIRA (BRA), 6-2
BRONZE– Nathaly GRIMAN HERRERA (VEN) df. Jessica BROUILLETTE (CAN), 5-4

68 kg
GOLD - Tamyra MENSAH-STOCK (USA) df. Yudari SANCHEZ RODRIGUEZ (CUB), fall
BRONZE– Maria Jose ACOSTA ACOSTA (VEN) df. Luz VAZQUEZ (ARG), 11-0
BRONZE – Olivia DI BACCO (CAN) df. Ambar GARNICA FLORES (MEX), 11-2

76 kg
GOLD - Justina DI STASTIO (CAN) df. Adeline GRAY (USA), injury default
BRONZE – Aline DA SILVA FERREIRA (BRA) df. Milaimys de la Caridad MARIN POTRILLE (CUB), fall
BRONZE – Andrea OLAYA GUTIERREZ (COL) df. Andrimar LAZARO DIAZ (VEN), 8-0

U.S. women’s freestyle results
50 kg: Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids) – GOLD
WIN Genesis Milano Olivio (Venezuela), 10-0
WIN Kamila Barbosa Vito Da Silva (Brazil), 10-0
WIN Carolina Castillo Hidalgo (Colombia), win by injury default

53 kg: Haley Augello (New York AC/USOPTC) - FOURTH
LOSS Lianna Montero Herrera (Cuba), 6-2
LOSS Luisa Valverde Melendres (Ecuador), 12-2
WIN Zeltzin Hernandez Guerra (Mexico), 12-1
LOSS Jade Parsons (Canada), 10-0

57 kg: Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids) – eliminated
WIN Giullia Rodrigues Penalber de Oliveira (Brazil), 2-2
LOSS Hannah Taylor (Canada), 3-0

62 kg: Mallory Velte (Titan Mercury WC) - GOLD
WIN Lais Nunes de Oliveira (Brazil), 6-4
WIN Yessica Oviedo Perez (Dominican Republic), 15-4
WIN Alejandra Bonilla Romero (Mexico), 7-0
WIN Nathaly Griman Herrera (Venezuela), fall 2:19
WIN Lais Nunes de Oliveira (Brazil), 6-2

68 kg: Tamyra Mensah-Stock (Titan Mercury WC/USOPTC) – GOLD
WIN Ambar Garnica Flores (Mexico), fall 2:26
WIN Tatiana Renteria Renteria (Colombia), 11-0
WIN Olivia Di Bacco (Canada), fall 3:54
WIN Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez (Cuba), fall 4:46

76 kg: Adeline Gray (New York AC/USOPTC) – SILVER
WIN Andrimar Lazaro Diaz (Venezuela), fall 0:39
WIN Andrea Olaya Gutierrez (Colombia), fall
FINAL Justina DiStasio (Canada), did not compete

Men’s freestyle results

79 kg
GOLD – Jason NOLF (USA)
SILVER- Guseyn RUSLANZADA (CAN)
BRONZE – Victor HERNANDEZ LUNA (MEX)

92 kg
GOLD – Angus ARTHUR (JAM)
SILVER - Maxwell LACEY GARITA (CRC)

U.S. men’s freestyle results
79 kg: Jason Nolf (Nittany Lion WC) – GOLD
WIN Guesyn Ruslanzada (Canada), 10-0
WIN Victor Hernandez Luna (Mexico), injury default