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U.S. U15 Pan American team roster finalized, with 10 boys and 10 girls confirmed to compete in Colombia

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Dreshaun Ross of Iowa in his stance at the 2022 U15 Nationals in freestyle.
Dreshaun Ross of Iowa will compete in both styles at the Pan American U15 Championships in Colombia. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

USA Wrestling has finalized its team for the 2022 Pan American U15 Championships, which are scheduled for Apartado, Colombia, November 4-6.

The team was formed based upon the results of the 2022 U15 Pan American Team Trials, held at Boys Town High School in Boys Town, Neb., August 5-6. All of the athletes on the U.S. roster have confirmed that they will be attending the competition.

The boys who qualified for the U.S. U15 Pan American team will be determined by the highest point value (of both styles combined) from the tournament. Based upon the points earned, as set in the U15 Pan American Team Procedures, a team member was determined. Each boy who made the team will wrestle both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the 2022 Pan American U15 Championships.

Boys who won both styles at the U15 Pan American Team Trials and confirmed their participation include Henry Aslikyan of California (44 kg), Josiah Boyden of Georgia (52 kg), Thomas Verrette of Colorado (57 kg), Mikel David Uyemura of California (68 kg), Terrell McFarland of Pennsylvania (75 kg) and Dreshaun Ross of Iowa (85 kg).

The other boys who made the team earned the most points based upon the Trials procedures. Those confirmed to compete at the Pan American U15 Championships also include Liam Collins of Minnesota (38 kg), Jensen Boyd of Indiana (41 kg), Lincoln Sledzianowski of Florida (48 kg) and Nolan Fellers of Iowa (62 kg).

All nine of the girls who won titles at the U15 Pan American Team Trials have confirmed that they will compete for Team USA. They include Brynn Engel of Wisconsin (33 kg), Jaclyn Bouzakis of Florida (39 kg), Morgan Turner of Illinois (42 kg), Ysabelle Ocampo of Indiana (46 kg), Jayden Keller of Missouri (50 kg), Isabella Marie Gonzales of California (54 kg), Taina Fernandez of Maryland (58 kg), Isis France of Arizona (62 kg) and Skylar Slade of Iowa (66 kg).

There were no entries at 36 kg women’s freestyle weight class at the U15 Pan American Team Trials. The champion at 36 kg at the U15 Nationals, Jaclyn Bouzakis, has moved up and made the team at her new weight class. Francesca Gusfa of New Jersey, who placed second behind Bouzakis at the U15 Nationals at 36 kg, was offered the team berth and has accepted.

2022 Pan American U15 Team for boys freestyle & Greco-Roman:

38 kg - Liam Collins, Savage, Minn. (Pinnacle WC)

41 kg - Jensen Boyd, Muncie, Ind. (CIA Wrestling)

44 kg - Henry Aslikyan, Panorama City, Calif. (International Sport Union)

48 kg - Lincoln Sledzianowski, Naples, Fla. (Garage Boyz Wrestling)

52 kg - Josiah Boyden, Grovetown, Ga. (Betterman Elite Wrestling)

57 kg - Thomas Verette, Lakewood, Colo. (Black Fox Wrestling Academy)

62 kg - Nolan Fellers, Bondurant, Iowa (Sebolt Wrestling Academy)

68 kg - Mikel David Uyemura, San Gabriel, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)

75 kg - Terrell McFarland, Pottsville, Pa. (Team Pennsylvania)

85 kg - Dreshaun Ross, Fort Dodge, Iowa (Sebolt Wrestling Academy)

2022 Pan American U15 Team in girls freestyle

33 kg –Brynn Engel, Genoa City, Wis. (Ringers WC)

36 kg – Francesca Gusfa, Ridgewood, N.J. (Apex Wrestling Academy)

39 kg - Jaclyn Bouzakis, Orlando, Fla..

42 kg –Morgan Turner, Lockport, Ill. (Toss Em Up Wrestling Academy)

46 kg –Ysabelle Ocampo, New Haven, Ind. (Beast Mode WC)

50 kg –Jayden Keller, Saint Catharine, Mo. (BullTrained Wrestling)

54 kg –Isabella Marie Gonzales, Fresno, Calif. (Titan Mercury WC)

58 kg –Taina Fernandez, Bowie, Md. (HeadHunters WC)

62 kg –Isis France, Glendale, Ariz. (Arizona Girls Wrestling)

66 kg –Skylar Slade, Altoona, Iowa (Moen Wrestling Academy)
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