Updated: USA wins seven golds and three silvers in Greco-Roman at U17 Pan American Championships in Argentina

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

The United States of America, the 2022 U17 Pan American Greco-Roman team champions. Photo courtesy of Kelli Shuffler

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Led by seven champions and three runners-up, the United States won the team title at the U17 Pan American Championships on Friday.

Team USA scored 235 points in the event, more than doubling the second-place team from Argentina, which had 107 points. Placing third was Brazil with 104 points, with 12 nations scoring team points.

The United States had an impressive 28-3 overall record in the 10 weight classes.

“Overall, the U.S. team wrestled with a lot of passion,” said U.S. coach Mike Pila. “Developmentally, it was a good tournament for them. For many of them, this was their first international experience,, but they trained and competed like veterans. The guys made adjustments in matches and wrestled hard, but with composure. Personally, I look forward to watching them grow as they move through the Junior and Senior ranks. They represented their country, clubs and families well, and they all have bright futures ahead. The staff is very proud of them.”

Claiming gold medals for Team USA were:
• Domenic Munaretto (Barrington, Ill.) at 45 kg
• Christian Castillo (Glendale, Ariz.) at 48 kg
• Edwin Sierra (Yuma, Ariz.) at 51 kg
• Zan Fugitt (Clever, Mo.) at 60 kg
• Joel Adams (Wahoo, Neb.) at 65 kg 
• Sawyer Bartelt (Coral Gables, Fla.) at 92 kg
• Koy Hopke (Amery, Wis.) at 110 kg

U.S. champions who scored bonus point victories in all of their matches included Munaretto, Castillo, Sierra, Fugitt, Adams, Han-Lindenmyer, Bartelt and Hopke.

Capturing silver medals for the USA were Kael Lauridsen (Norfolk, Neb.) at 55 kg,  KJ Evans (Edmond, Okla.) at 71 kg and Cole Han-Lindenmyer (Farmington, Minn.) at 80 kg

All 10 of the boys who competed in Greco-Roman today will also wrestle in freestyle on Sunday.

The competition continues on Saturday with the women’s freestyle division. Team USA has a full team of talented girls ready to wrestle tomorrow.

The event is being broadcast live on FloWrestling.

The brackets for the competition can be found HERE.

At Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 24

Greco-Roman medalists

45 kg
Gold - Domenic Munaretto (USA)
Silver - Pedro Henrique DeSouza (Brazil)
Bronze - Oliver Edhu Contreras Chavez (Mexico)

48 kg
Gold - Christian Aaron Castillo (USA)
Silver - Moises Felipe Peralto Gonzalez (Ecuador)
Bronze - Santiago Augusto Pachado (Argentina)

51 kg
Gold - Edwin Sierra (USA)
Silver –Dan Ryan Ferreira Borges (Brazil)
Bronze - Facundo Nicolas Saquiz (Argentina)

55 kg
Gold - Abel Gustavo Sanchez Juarez (Peru)
Silver - Kael Jacob Lauridsen (USA)
Bronze Jose Martinez Mateo (Puerto Rico)

60 kg
Gold - Zan Robert Fugitt (USA)
Silver - Aymar Junior Janampa Cueva (Peru)
Bronze - Diego Gildardo Terriquez Ibarra (Mexico)
Bronze - Rafael Omar Garcia Morales (Puerto Rico)

65 kg
Gold - Joel Richard Adams (USA)
Silver - Santiago Alexander Pinargote Sornoza (Ecuador)
Bronze - Gabriel Nicolas Rivero (Argentina)

71 kg
Gold - Darfel Ignacio Parada Camacaro (Venezuela)
Silver - Kenneth Dewayne Evans (USA)
Bronze - Darío Cubas Castillo (Peru)
Bronze - Isaac Jery Tenorio Mosquera (Ecuador)

80 kg
Gold - Brian Jesus Ruiz Marin (Venezuela)
Silver - Cole Chim Han Lindemyer (USA)
Bronze - Adrian Exavier J Maynard (Barbados)

92 kg
Gold - Sawyer Douglas Bartelt (USA)
Silver - Kyle Santana Oliveira (Brazil)
Bronze - David Eduardo Ocaranza Ramirez (Mexico)

110 kg
Gold - Koy Duane Hopke (USA)
Silver - Ibrack David Angulo Castillo (Ecuador)
Bronze - Leonardo Andres Ibanez (Argentina)

U.S. Greco-Roman performance

45 kg: Domenic Munaretto (Barrington, Ill.), gold medal
WIN Pedro De Souza Rodriguez (Brazil), tech fall 13-4, 2:13
WIN Oliver Contreras Chavez (Mexico), pin 0:37

48 kg: Christian Castillo (Glendale, Ariz.), gold medal
WIN Santiago Pachado (Argentina), 0:17
WIN Moises Peralta Gonzalez (Ecuador), 9-0 1:10

51 kg: Edwin Sierra (Yuma, Ariz.), gold medal
WIN Dan Ferreira Borges (Brazil), 0:36
WIN Facundo Saquiz (Argentina), tech. fall 9-0, 0:30
WIN Kleiber Betancourt Aponte (Venezuela), forfeit

55 kg: Kael Lauridsen (Norfolk, Neb.), silver medal
WIN Mario Choc Choc (Guatemala), pin 0:47
WIN Derek Martinez Mateo (Puerto Rico), pin, 0:23
WIN Gustavo Dos Santos Silva (Brazil), pin 1:10
LOSS Abel Sanchez Juarez (Peru), 13-11

60 kg: Zan Fugitt (Clever, Mo.), gold medal
WIN Clisman Carracedo Veliz (Ecuador), tech. fall 8-0, 0:44
WIN Diego Terriquez Ibarra (Mexico), tech fall 9-0, 3:31
WIN Aymar Janampa Cueva (Peru), tech fall, 8-0. 1:02

65 kg: Joel Adams (Wahoo, Neb.), gold medal
WIN Gabriel Rivero (Argentina), tech. fall 9-0, 2:27
WIN Santiago Pinargote Sornoza (Ecuador), tech. fall 12-3
WIN Jose Sandoval Lopez (Guatemala), tech. fall 9-0, 0:23
WIN Carlos Rivera Cid (Mexico), tech fall 9-0, 1:00

71 kg: KJ Evans (Edmond, Okla.), silver medal
WIN Victor Soto Rivera (Puerto Rico), tech. fall, 8-0, 0:08
WIN Dario Cubas Castillo (Peru), 7-6
LOSS Darfel Parada Camacaro (Venezuela), disq. caution, 3:57

80 kg: Cole Han-Lindenmyer (Farmington, Minn.), silver medal
WIN Adrian Exavier Maynard (Barbados), tech. fall 8-0, 0:42
WIN Mateo Pereyra Albornoz (Argentina), tech. fall 11-0, 0:25
LOSS Brian Ruiz Marin (Venezuela), 15-5, 2:59

92 kg: Sawyer Bartelt (Coral Gables, Fla.), gold medal
WIN Jorge Gonzalez (Argentina), tech. fall 8-0, 0:49
WIN David Ocaranza Ramirez (Mexico), pin 0:43
WIN Kyle Santana Oliveira (Brazil), tech. fall 9-0, 1:15

110 kg: Koy Hopke (Amery, Wis.), gold medal
WIN Caio Baeta de Oliveira (Brazil), tech. fall, 9-0, 0:32
WIN Ibrack Angulo Castillo (Ecuador), tech. fall 8-0, 1:11
WIN Jose Navarro Nolasco (Mexico), tech. fall 8-0, 0:22
WIN Leonardo Ibanez (Argentina), tech. fall 8-0, 0:28

Greco-Roman Team Standings
1. United States, 235
2. Argentina, 107
3. Brazil, 104
4. Ecuador, 85
5. Mexico, 71
6. Peru, 60
7. Venezuela, 50
8. Puerto Rico, 40
9. Guatemala, 20
10. Chile, 18
11. Barbados, 15
12. Bolivia, 4

Remaining Event Schedule
(local time, which is one hour ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone)

Saturday, June 25
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage WFS
6 p.m. – Medal matches WFS

Sunday, June 26
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage MFS
6 p.m. – Medal matches MFS
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