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Gary Abbott USA Wrestling

PANAMA CITY, Panama – The United States had three medalists and placed third in the team standings at the Pan American Championships in women’s freestyle on Saturday.

Winning a gold medal for the United States was Sarah Hildebrandt (Granger, Ind./King College) at 55 kg/121 lbs., who defeated Yessica Oviedo Perez of Dominican Republic, 2-1, 5-0 in the finals.

She beat Nesmarie Rodriguez Tirado of Puerto Rico and Yamilka Del Valle Alvarez of Cuba on the way to the finals.

Hildebrandt was a 2012 WCWA college national champion for King College and was second in 2013.

Taking a silver medal was Brittney Roberts (Santa Fe, Texas/OKCU Gator RTC) at 72 kg/158.5 lbs. Roberts won her first two bouts, beating Vanessa Torres Batista of Dominican Republic and University World silver medalist Erica Wiebe of Canada. In the finals, she was edged by Lisset Hechavarria Medina of Cuba, 0-3, 0-1.

Roberts was second in the 2013 WCWA college nationals for Oklahoma City and third in 2012.

Coming home with a bronze medal was Julia Salata (Canton, Mich./New York AC/King College) at 67 kg/147.5 lbs. Salata beat Elsa Sanchez of Dominican Republic with a third-period pin to win her bronze-medal bout.

Salata won a Special Wrestle-off in Oklahoma City last week to earn her spot on this team. She was a member of both the FILA Junior World Team and the University World Team last year. She has also been second and fourth in the last two WCWA college nationals for King College.

"We came in here with a very young team and the women competed well and gained some very valuable experience. I am excited and pleased with the direction of our program. This will be a building block for Team USA. Our focus now turns to Las Vegas and the U.S. Open," said National Women's Coach Terry Steiner.

Canada won the team title with 59 points, led by three individual champions : World champion Jessica MacDonald at 51 kg/112.25 lbs., World medalist Justine Bouchard at 63 kg/138.75 lbs. and Stacie Anaka at 67 kg/147.5 lbs.

Cuba was second with 45 points, led by individual champions Yaqueline Estornell Elastique at 59 kg/130 lbs. and Lisset Hechavarria Medina at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.

The other individual champion was Thalia Mallqui Peche of Peru at 48 kg/105.5 lbs.

The U.S. men's freestyle team has weighed in, and all seven athletes received their draws for the tournament, which are listed below. Among the competitors for Team USA is 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott (Stillwater, Okla./Titan Mercury WC) at 60 kg/132 lbs.

At Panama City, Panama

Women’s freestyle results

48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Gold – Thalia Mallqui Peche (Peru)
Silver – Natasha Kramble (Canada)
Bronze – Jennifer Gonzalez Hernandez (Guatemala)
Bronze – Laura Peredo (Mexico)
5th – Maxilin Welch (Panama)
5th – Mayelis Caripa Castillo (Venezuela)

51 kg/112 lbs.
Gold – Jessica MacDonald (Canada)
Silver – Aguis Rivas (Venezuela)
Bronze – Patricia Bermudez (Argentina)
Bronze – Idimis Acea Garcia (Cuba)
5th – Wendy Martinez (Mexico)
5th – Carolina Castillo Hidalgo (Colombia)

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Sarah Hildebrandt (USA)
Silver – Yessica Oviedo Perez (Dominican Republic)
Bronze – Alma Valencia Escoto (Mexico)
Bronze – Yamilka Del Valle Alvarez (Cuba)
5th – Maria Peralta Dalla Fontana (Argentina)
5th – Nesmarie Rodriguez Tirado (Puerto Rico)

59 kg/130 lbs.
Gold – Yaqueline Estornell Elastique (Cuba)
Silver – Joice Souza da Silva (Brazil)
Bronze – Yanet Sovero Nino (Peru)
Bronze – Braxton Stone (Canada)
5th – Virginia Mendoza Ramirez (Mexico)
5th – Nathacha Griman Herrera (Venezuela)

63 kg/138.75 lbs.
Gold – Justine Bouchard (Canada)
Silver – Katerina Vidiaux Lopez (Cuba)
Bronze – Lais Nunes (Brazil)
Bronze – Jackeline Renteria Castillo (Colombia)
5th – Nathaly Griman Herrera (Venezuela)
5th – Ashley Zarate Campbell (Panama)

67 kg/147.5 lbs.
Gold – Stacie Anaka (Canada)
Silver – Leidy Izguierdo Mendez (Colombia)
Bronze – Julia Salata (USA)
Bronze – Gilda De Oliveira (Brazil)
5th – Elsa Sanchez (Dominican Republic)
5th – Luz Vaszquez (Argentina)

72 kg/158.5 lbs.
Gold – Lisset Hechavarria Medina (Cuba)
Silver – Brittney Roberts (USA)
Bronze – Erica Wiebe (Canada)
Bronze – Andrea Olaya Gutierrez (Colombia)
5th – Vanessa Torres Batista (Dominican Republic)
5th – Ruth Hossein (Argentina)

U.S. women’s performances

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Emily Webster, Sedalia, Mo. (OKCU Gator RTC), 9th
WIN Dannia Figueroa Duque (Colombia), 4-1, 6-4
LOSS Mayelis Caripa Castillo (Venezuela), pin

51 kg/112.25 lbs. – Haley Augello, Lockport, Ill. (New York AC), 7th
LOSS Jessica MacDonald (Canada), 0-6, 0-7
LOSS Carolina Castillo Hidalgo (Colombia), 3-1, 3-4, 2-8

55 kg/121 lbs. – Sarah Hildebrandt, Granger, Ind. (King College), gold medal
WIN Nesmarie Rodriguez Tirado (Puerto Rico), pin
WIN Yamilka Del Valle Alvarez (Cuba), 4-6, pin
WIN Yessica Oviedo Perez (Dominican Republic), 2-1, 5-0

59 kg/130 lbs. – Shauna Isbell, Flagstaff, Ariz. (Lindenwood), 8th
LOSS Braxton Stone (Canada), 0-1, 3-2, 0-6

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Jennifer Page, Orangevale, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC), 7th
WIN Natalia Rodriguez Luvando (Puerto Rico), 2-1, 3-1
LOSS Jackeline Renteria Castillo (Colombia), pin

67 kg/147.5 lbs. – Julia Salata, Canton, Mich. (New York AC/King College), bronze medal
WIN Diana Miranda Gonzales (Mexico), 1-2, 4-1, 6-0
LOSS Stacie Anaka (Canada), 0-2, 0-1
WIN Elsa Sanchez (Dominican Republic), 0-2, 4-0, pin

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Brittney Roberts, Santa Fe, Texas (OKCU Gator RTC), silver medal
WIN Vanessa Torres Batista (Dominican Republic), pin
WIN Erica Wiebe (Canada), 1-0, 5-1
LOSS Lisset Hechavarria Medina (Cuba), 0-3, 0-1

Team Standings
1. Canada, 59 pts.
2. Cuba, 45 pts.
3. United States, 40 pts.
4. Colombia, 35 pts.
5. Venezuela, 34 pts.
6. Mexico, 33 pts.
7. Brazil, 32 pts.
8. Argentina, 30 pts.
9. Peru, 22 pts.
10. Dominican Republic, 21 pts.
11. Puerto Rico, 16 pts.
12. Panama, 12 pts.
13. Guatemala, 10 pts.
14. El Salvador, 4 pts.

Men’s Freestyle draws for Sunday

55 kg/121 lbs. – Mark McKnight, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC)
Vs. Wilber Cuero Munoz (Colombia)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Coleman Scott, Stillwater, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC)
Vs. Abel Herrera Pasto (Peru)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Drew Headlee, Morgantown, W.Va. (Sunkist Kids)
Vs. Jose Greifo (Peru)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Nick Marable, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)
Vs. Billy Valdez Jean (Dominican Republic)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Phil Keddy, Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye WC)
Vs. Pool Ambrosio Greifo (Peru)

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – David Zabriskie, Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh Valley AC)
Vs. Marcos Santos Bonnett (Puerto Rico)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Zach Rey, Hopatcong, N.J. (Lehigh Valley AC)
vs. Carlos Alas Olivaras (El Salvador)

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