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U.S. women’s freestyle collects eight medals at U20 Pan Am Championships

by Taylor Gregorio, USA Wrestling

OAXTEPEC, Mexico – USA Wrestling continued its dominance at the U20 Pan American Championships with the women’s freestyle team winning three gold medals, three silver and two bronze on Saturday.

Winning golds were Sage Mortimer (50 kg), Nanea Estrella (59 kg) and Skylar Hattendorf (62 kg).

Hattendorf, a 2019 Cadet World silver medalist, won all three matches by fall, including her finals bout against Thais Tertuliano Sales from Brazil. Mortimer tallied two pins and a technical fall, and Estrella collected four technical falls and surrendered only four points.

Silvers came from Estrella Dorado Marin (53 kg), Elleni Johnson (65 kg), Tiera Jimerson (68 kg), while Haley Ward (72 kg) and Rose Cassioppi (76 kg) scored bronze medals.

Amani Jones at 55 kg and Claire DiCugno at 57 kg finished fourth in their brackets.

Team USA scored 189 points for the first-place team finish, followed by No. 2 Mexico with 177 points and No. 3 Canada with 159 points. USA and Mexico led the field, each securing three gold medals.

Including yesterday’s Greco-Roman action the U.S. has earned 18 medals, including nine gold, five silver and four bronze.

The tournament wraps up on Sunday with men’s freestyle competition.


July 8-10 | Oaxtepec, Mexico

U.S. women’s freestyle results
50 kg: Sage Mortimer – GOLD
WIN Mirian Quinonez Rosado (Ecuador), fall
WIN Shammika Miranda Diaz (Puerto Rico), 11-0
WIN Yorlenis Moran Sanchez (Panama), fall

53 kg: Estrella Dorado Marin – SILVER
WIN Kendall Dettloff (Canada), 11-0
WIN Javiera Ortega Fernandez (Chile), 10-0
WIN Grecia Bernal Betancourt (Mexico), 13-2
LOSS Nathaly Herrera Huacre (Peru), 8-4

55 kg: Amani Jones - FOURTH
LOSS Robbie Pingal (Canada), fall
LOSS Andrea Avelino Barrientos (Mexico), fall
WIN Angie Zea Alvarado (Peru), 10-0

57 kg: Claire DiCugno - FOURTH
WIN Gabriela Cross (Canada), 14-4
WIN Jacqueline Hernandez Gonzalez (El Salvador), fall
LOSS Camila Amarilla (Argentina), 11-4
LOSS Bertha Rojas Chavez (Mexico), 10-0
LOSS Camila Amarilla (Argentina), 13-5

59 kg: Nanea Estrella – GOLD
WIN Camila Roa Ortega (Peru), 12-0
WIN Mia Friesen (Canada), 12-2
WIN Tatiana Hurtado Lerma (Colombia), 13-2
WIN Lucero Sanchez Silva (Mexico), 10-0

62 kg: Skylar Hattendorf - GOLD
WIN Angelina Ellis Toddington (Canada), fall
WIN Maria Mendez Aguilar (Mexico), fall
WIN Thais Tertuliano Sales (Brazil), fall

65 kg: Elleni Johnson – SILVER
WIN Julia Souza de Oliveira (Brazil), fall
LOSS Melanie Jimenez Villalba (Mexico), 12-7
WIN Savana Pinsent (Canada), fall

68 kg: Tiera Jimerson – SILVER
LOSS Nicoll Parrado Osorio (Colombia), 10-6
WIN Nataly Ovando Rojas (Chile), fall
WIN Sandra Escamilla Menchaca (Mexico), 8-4
LOSS Nicoll Parrado Osorio (Colombia), fall

72 kg: Haley Ward – BRONZE
LOSS Ximena Suarez Rodriguez (Mexico), fall
WIN Nyla Burgess (Canada), 4-2
WIN Melanie Sanchez Morales (Chile), fall

76 kg: Rose Cassioppi – BRONZE
LOSS Ana Dos Santos (Brazil), 7-0
WIN Erinn Valdez Enriquez (Mexico), fall
LOSS Vianne Rouleau (Canada), 8-1