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Perfect For Pan Ams: Burroughs & Hildebrandt lead Team USA in Acapulco Saturday morning

by Willie Saylor, Special to

Jordan Burroughs (USA) nails his patented double leg during the 2022 Pan American Championships. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

To go along with three Pan Am Games titles, Jordan Burroughs has now won his fifth Pan American Championships crown. He’s never lost in a Pan Am competition, and never lost to a competitor from a Pan American nation.

Meanwhile, Sarah Hildbrandt stayed on course for Pan Am supremacy as she teched twice to make her sixth Pan Am final. She also won the Pan Am Games once (2019), and has never lost in any Pan Am event.

Wrestling at 79kg on Saturday, Burroughs went 4-0 with three technical superiority stoppages and one fall, defeating opponents from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Colombia. Because he was wrestling in a round robin and is the only remaining undefeated, the Gold was secured prior to tonight’s final session.

The duo paced Team USA who sent six of eight athletes to the Day 3 finals which start at 6PM ET tonight.

Dom Parrish (53kg), Kayla Miracle (62kg), Dymond Guilford (76kg), and J’den Cox (92kg) also will wrestle for Gold.

Miracle is going for her third Senior Pan Am title and has secured her fifth Pan Am medal.

With winning margins of 8, 10, and 10 points, Guilford cruised. But for USA fans, Parrish and Miracle presented some drama.

In the quarterfinals, Parrish scored the winning takedown off a restart with nine seconds left. In the semifinals, against 2021 World bronze medalist Samantha Stewart (CAN), Parrish rallied from a 0-4 hole at the break.

Miracle fended off a really close call at the end of her semifinal to hold on, 5-4 against Alejandra Romero of Mexico.

With today’s performance, Team USA has now put six of their ten entries in the Gold medal bout.

Cam Guerin (53kg) lost in the semifinals today with Alara Boyd (68kg) losing her opening round bout to Dominican Republic’s Yessica Oviedo Perez, who was runner-up at Pan Ams last year to Tamyra Mensah-Stock. Interestingly enough, Oviedo Perez was the person Hildebrandt defeated for her first Pan Am title - way back in 2013.


At Acapulco, Mexico

Full Team USA Results for Day 3

50 kg: Sarah Hildebrandt (New York AC)

Quarterfinals: tf. Shammilka Alondra MIRANDA DIAZ (PUR), 10-0

Semifinals: tf. Patricia Alejandra BERMUDEZ (ARG), 10-0

Finals: vs. Madison Bianca PARKS (CAN)

53 kg: Dom Parrish (Sunkist Kids)

Quarterfinals: df. Karla Abigail ACOSTA MARTINEZ (MEX), 4-3

Semifinals: df. Samantha Leigh STEWART (CAN), 5-4

Finals: vs. Luisa Elizabeth VALVERDE MELENDRES (ECU)

57 kg: Cameron Guerin (Titan Mercury)

Quarterfinals: df. Antonia Alejandra VALDES ARRIAGADA (CHI), 13-4

Semifinals: loss Yaynelis SANZ VERDECIA (CUB), 10-7


62 kg: Kayla Miracle (Sunkist Kids)

Quarterfinals: tf. Yolanda Mercedes CORDERO VARGAS (CUB), 11-0

Semifinals: df. Alejandra ROMERO BONILLA (MEX), 6-4

Finals: vs. Ana Paula GODINEZ GONZALEZ (CAN)

68 kg: Alara Boyd (Bearcat WC)

Qualification: loss Yessica Oviedo Perez (DOM), 7-2

76 kg: Dymond Guilford (Titan Mercury)

Qualification: df. Ruthy Hellen PINHAL DOS SANTOS (BRA), 10-2

Quarterfinals: tf. Maria Jose ACOSTA ACOSTA (VEN), 10-0

Semifinals: tf. Linda Marilina MACHUCA (ARG), 12-2

Finals: vs. Genesis Rosangela REASCO VALDEZ (ECU)

79 kg: Jordan Burroughs (Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids)

Round Robin 1: tf. Samuel Jacob BARMISH (CAN), 12-1

Round Robin 2: df. Victor J SANTOS ACOSTA (PUR), 8-0

Round Robin 3: tf. Juan Sebastian RIVERA GARCIA (COL), 10-0

Round Robin 4: tf. Miguel Angel ORNELAS REYNOSO (MEX), 10-0

92 kg: J’den Cox (Michigan RTC/Titan Mercury WC)

Round Robin 1: tf. Jeremy Adam POIRIER (CAN), 10-0

Round Robin 2: tf. Gilberto Segundo AYALA RODRIGUEZ (VEN), 11-0

Round Robin 3: vs. vs. Cristian Leopoldo SANCHEZ HERNANDEZ (MEX