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USA dominates U17 Pan American Freestyle Championships with nine champions; Seven win double titles

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Christian Castillo (USA) with Golden Boot as Outstanding Wrestler at U17 Pan Americans in freestyle. Photo courtesy of Kelli Shuffler.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The U.S. closed out a successful U17 Pan American Championships with a dominant performance in men’s freestyle, winning nine gold medals and a silver medal and winning the team title handily on Sunday.

The USA athletes had a remarkable 36-1 record for the day, and all of the victories were by bonus points, either a pin or a technical fall, with one forfeit.

Individual U17 Pan American freestyle champions were

• Domenic Munaretto (Barrington, Ill.) at 45 kg

• Christian Castillo (Glendale, Ariz.) at 48 kg

• Edwin Sierra (Yuma, Ariz.) at 51 kg

• Kael Lauridsen (Norfolk, Neb.) at 55 kg

• Zan Fugitt (Clever, Mo.) at 60 kg

• Joel Adams (Wahoo, Neb.) at 65 kg

• Cole Han-Lindenmyer (Farmington, Minn.) at 80 kg

• Sawyer Bartelt (Coral Gables, Fla.) at 92 kg

• Koy Hopke (Amery, Wis.) at 110 kg

Capturing a silver medal at 71 kg was KJ Evans (Edmond, Okla.)

“I think we wrestled very tough overall and the team represented the United States well. There were lessons and not losses today, as these young men battled and avenged losses from Greco-Roman on Friday. There is still room for improvement going forward. It is a pleasure coaching these young men and I can’t wait to see what they do next,” said Coach Graylan Early.

Christian Castillo, the 48 kg champion, won the Golden Boot as the Outstanding Wrestler of the U17 Pan American men’s freestyle tournament.

The same 10 athletes also competed in Greco-Roman, and seven of them were able to come home as double champions, winners of both styles. The double champions were Munaretto, Castillo, Sierra, Fugitt, Adams, Bartelt and Hopke. All 10 team members won two medals.

The United States won the team title in all three disciplines: Greco-Roman, women’s freestyle and men’s freestyle. Combining all three tournaments, the USA won gold medals in 22 of the 30 weight classes, and won a medal in every weight class.


At Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 26

Men’s freestyle medalists

45 kg

Gold - Domenic Munaretto (USA)

Silver - Oliver Contreras Chavez (Mexico)

Bronze - Wesley Heather (Canada)

48 kg

Gold - Christian Castillo (USA)

Silver - Alvin Tovar Romero (Venezuela)

Bronze – Pedro De Souza Rodrigues (Brazil)

51 kg

Gold - Edwin Sierra (USA)

Silver - Fabricio Rosero Quintero (Ecuador)

Bronze - Arnold Rivera Negron (Puerto Rico)

55 kg

Gold - Kael Lauridsen (USA)

Silver - Roger Dos Santos Ramalhete (Brazil)

Bronze – Derick Martinez Mateo (Puerto Rico)

Bronze - Abel Sanchez Juarez (Peru)

60 kg

Gold - Zan Fugitt (USA)

Silver - Jesue Vallareal Martinez (Mexico)

Bronze – Clisman Carracedo Veliz (Ecuador)

Bronze - Jacob Brunner (Puerto Rico)

65 kg

Gold - Joel Adams (USA)

Silver - Nathan Rainville (Canada)

Bronze - Santiago Pinargote Sornoza (Ecuador)

Bronze – Diego Peraza Aguilar (Mexico)

71 kg

Gold - Dario Cubas Castillo (Peru)

Silver - KJ Evans (USA)

Bronze - Darfel Parada Camacaro (Venezuela)

Bronze – Tejvir Singh Dhinsa (Canada)

80 kg

Gold - Cole Han-Lindenmyer (USA)

Silver - Brian Ruiz Marin (Venezuela)

Bronze - Crishian Delgadillo (Argentina)

92 kg

Gold - Sawyer Bartelt (USA)

Silver - Diego Guillen Ruiz (Mexico)

Bronze - Santiago Abinet (Argentina)

110 kg

Gold - Koy Hopke (USA)

Silver - Kyle Santana Oliveira (Brazil)

Bronze – Luke Coffin (Canada)

U.S. Men’s freestyle performances

45 kg: Domenic Munaretto (Barrington, Ill.), gold medal

WIN Oliver Contreras Chavez (Mexico), tech. fall 11-0 1:14

WIN Wesley Heather (Canada), tech. fall 10-0, 0:35

48 kg: Christian Castillo (Glendale, Ariz.). gold medal

WIN Jeremy Santiago Jimenez (Puerto Rico), tech. fall 11-0 1:23

WIN Brallan Taperia (Guatemala), pin 1:02

WIN Alvin Tovar Romero (Venezuela), tech. fall 12-2 1:49

WIN Harikat Singh Dhillon (Canada), tech. fall 10-0 0:57

WIN Alvin Tovar Romero (Venezuela), tech. fall 13-0, 1:43

51 kg: Edwin Sierra (Yuma, Ariz.), gold medal

WIN Facundo Saquiz (Argentina), tech. fall 10-0, 1:19

WIN Arnold Rivera Negron (Puerto Rico), tech. fall 10-0, 0:44

WIN Fabricio Rosero Quintero (Ecuador), tech. fall 10-0 2:38

WIN Micah Calapiz (Canada), tech. fall 10-0, 1:02

55 kg: Kael Lauridsen (Norfolk, Neb.), gold medal

WIN Eidans Navarro Retamales (Chile), tech. fall 12-1, 0:55

WIN Abel Sanchez Juarez (Peru), tech. fall 10-0 1:39

WIN Roger Dos Santos Ramalhete (Brazil), tech. fall 12-0, 0:42

60 kg: Zan Fugitt (Clever, Mo.), gold medal

WIN Jacob Brunner (Puerto Rico), tech. fall 12-0, 2:25

WIN Arnoldo Proboste (Argentina), pin 1:17

WIN Jesue Vallareal Martinez (Mexico), tech. fall 10-0 0:40

65 kg: Joel Adams (Wahoo, Neb.), gold medal

WIN Santiago Pinargote Sornoza (Ecuador), pin 0:21

WIN Johan Sanchez Paz (Bolivia), tech. fall 10-0, 0:57

WIN Aymar Janampa Cueva (Peru), tech. fall 12-0, 1:24

WIN Nathan Rainville (Canada), tech. fall 11-0 2:51

71 kg: KJ Evans (Edmond, Okla.), silver medal

WIN Maximo Cabrera (Argentina), pin 0:29

WIN Darfel Parada Camacaro (Venezuela), tech. fall 13-2 1:09

LOSS Dario Cubas Castillo (Peru), pin 0:58

80 kg: Cole Han-Lindenmyer (Farmington, Minn.), gold medal

WIN Lucas Barbosa Gomes (Brazil), tech. fall 10-0 0:22

WIN Arjun Singh Nagra (Canada), forfeit

WIN Rommel Murillo Yuen (Mexico), pin 0:24

WIN Crishian Delgadillo (Argentina), tech fall 10-0, 0:45

WIN Brian Ruiz Marin (Venezuela), tech. fall 10-0, 1:04

92 kg: Sawyer Bartelt (Coral Gables, Fla.), gold medal

WIN Jose Martinez Garces (Venezuela), tech. fall 10-0 0:28

WIN Jagroop Singh Dhinsa (Canada), tech. fall 10-0 0:26

WIN Diego Guillen Ruiz (Mexico), tech. fall 12-2 2:28

WIN Santiago Abinet (Argentina), pin 0:43

110 kg: Koy Hopke (Amery, Wis.), gold medal

WIN Kyle Santana Oliveira (Brazil), tech. fall 10-0 0:43

WIN Jose Navarro Nolasco (Mexico), tech fall 10-0 0:19

WIN Ibrack Angulo Castillo (Ecuador), pin 0:42

WIN Kyle Santana Oliveira (Brazil), pin

Men’s Freestyle Team Standings

1. United States, 245

2. Canada, 117

3. Mexico, 106

4. Argentina, 90

5. Brazil, 73

6. Venezuela, 71

7. Ecuador, 70

8. Puerto Rico, 67

9. Peru, 60

10. Chile, 16

11. Guatemala, 13

12. Barbados, 9

13. Bolivia, 2