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|UPDATE: Nowry, Smith reach Greco-Roman finals at Pan American Championships in Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama – Two U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers have reached the gold-medal finals of the Pan American Championships on Friday.
Earning a spot in the championship round are Max Nowry (Wheeling, Ill./New York AC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. and Robbie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) at 120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Nowry, a University World champion, will battle Cristian Novas Feliz of the Dominican Republic in the finals.
Smith will face Ramon Garcia of the Dominican Republic in the finals.
The other five U.S. wrestlers will compete in bronze medal matches. They include:
• Jamel Johnson, Greensboro, N.C. (YES Wrestling) at 60 kg/132 lbs.
• Ben Sanchez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs.
• Jake Fisher, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm) at 74 kg/163 lbs.
• Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn.(Minnesota Storm) at 84 kg/185 lbs.
• Caylor Williams, Melbourne, Fla. (YES Wrestling) at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.
The U.S. team is coached by National Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser and U.S. Army coach Shon Lewis, both who live in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"Everyone has to contribute in this evening's final session. If we wrestle like we can, and win most of our final matches, we can beat Cuba and Venezuela for the title," said Fraser.
Results from the Pan American Championships can be found online at:
PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Panama City, Panama
U.S. Greco-Roman results so far
55 kg/121 lbs. – Max Nowry, Wheeling, Ill. (New York AC)
WIN Abner Elel Vasquez (Guatemala)
WIN Jairo Medina Garcia (Venezuela)
Gold-Medal Bout – Vs. Cristian Novas Feliz (Dominican Republic)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Jamel Johnson, Greensboro, N.C. (YES Wrestling)
WIN Jorge Mallqui Peche (Peru)
WIN Juan Lopez Asparilla (Colombia)
LOSS Diogo Romanelli (Brazil)
Bronze Medal Bout – Vs. Victor Mendez Hidalgo (Mexico)
66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Ben Sanchez, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
WIN Manuel Lopez Salcero (Mexico)
LOSS Alexander Casal Hinojosa (Cuba)
Bronze Medal Bout – Vs. Alvaro Hubiera Robles (Dominican Republic)
74 kg/163 lbs. – Jake Fisher, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
LOSS Alexei Bel Caballero (Cuba)
Bronze Medal Bout – Vs. Mazimilano Prudenzano (Argentina)
84 kg/185 lbs. – Jordan Holm, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
WIN Guillermo Romero (Argentina)
LOSS Gilberto Piquet Herrera (Cuba)
WIN Kempton Aparacio Rodriguez (Panama)
Bronze Medal Bout – Vs. Hanssel Salavador Mejia (Mexico)
96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Caylor Williams, Melbourne, Fla. (YES Wrestling)
WIN Jose Rocha Barron (Mexico)
LOSS Kevin Mejia Castillo (Honduras)
Bronze Medal Bout – Vs. Davi Albino (Brazil)
120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Robbie Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
WIN Juan Camacaro (Venezuela)
WIN Antonio Dos Santos (Brazil)
Gold-Medal Match – Vs. Ramon Garcia (Dominican Republic)