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U.S men's freestyle perfect in the morning; Familiar foes tonight For Team USA at Pan Ams

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Still perfect.

Jordan Burroughs and J’den Cox both won Gold on Saturday. The rest of Team USA went undefeated in today’s first session at the Pan Am Championships in Acapulco, Mexico. Seven individuals seek titles in tonight’s competition which will be streamed live on Flowrestling at 6PM ET.

USA’s star studded line up went a combined 14-0 to make the finals in nine of ten weights. Thirteen of the fourteen wins came via technical superiority.

The only weight in which the United States representative didn’t make the final occurred at 70kg where Zain Retherford withdrew from competition after weigh-ins due to illness.

Joey McKenna (65kg) beat Augustin Destribats (ARG) who knocked off Zain in the 2020 Olympic Qualifier. Kyle Dake, the returning World Champion at 74kg beat former World medalist Franklin Maren Castillo of Cuba.

To add intrigue to tonight’s finals, most members of Team USA will go heads up against familiar faces representing other flags. Four of the seven bouts come against former NCAA DI All Americans.

Tonight’s Team USA Medal Matches

57kg GOLD: Thomas Gilman vs. Darian Cruz (PUR)

61kg GOLD: Daton Fix vs. James Sloan (CAN)

65kg GOLD: Joey McKenna vs. Sebastian Rivera (PUR)

74kg GOLD: Kyle Dake vs. Franklin Gomez (PUR)

86kg GOLD: Zahid Valencia vs. Lazaro Hernandez (CUB)

97kg GOLD: Kyle Snyder vs. Arturo Torres (CUB)

125kg GOLD: Nick Gwiazdowski vs. Amarveer Dhesi (CAN)

Sunday Session I Results

57kg: Thomas Gilman (Nittany Lion WC)

Quarterfinal: tf. Enrique Armando HERRERA HUACRE (PER), 11-0

Semifinal: tf. Alexei ALVAREZ BLANCO (CUB), 12-2

61kg: Daton Fix (Titan Mercury)

Round Robin 1: tf. Joseph Andres SILVA (PUR), 11-0

Round Robin 2: tf. Pedro Bryan FLORES SALAZAR (MEX), 10-0

65kg: Joey McKenna (Penn RTC)

Quarterfinal: tf. Andre Renato QUISPE FAJARDO (CHI), 10-0

Semifinal: df. Agustin Alejandro DESTRIBATS (ARG), 13-5

70kg: Zain Retherford (Nittany Lion WC)

Round Robin 1: BYE

Round Robin 2: forfeit to Emmanuel Olufemi OLAPADE (CAN)

Round Robin 3: forfeit to Vinicius DA SILVA JOAQUIM (BRA)

74kg: Kyle Dake (Spartan Combat)

Quarterfinal: tf. Diego Antonio SANDOVAL ZARCO (MEX), 10-0

Semifinal: tf. Franklin MAREN CASTILLO (CUB), 10-0

86kg: Zahid Valencia (Sunkist Kids)

Quarterfinal: tf. Christian Alejandro ANGUIANO FLORES (MEX), 11-0

Semifinal: tf. Carlos Arturo IZQUIERDO MENDEZ (COL), 14-4

97kg: Kyle Snyder (Nittany Lion WC)

Quarterfinal: tf. Luis Miguel PEREZ SOSA (DOM), 10-0

Semifinal: tf. Nishan Preet Singh RANDHAWA (CAN), 11-0

125kg: Nick Gwiazdowski (Spartan Combat)

Quarterfinal: tf. Charles Zachary MERRILL (PUR), 10-0

Semifinal: tf. Jose Daniel DIAZ ROBERTTI (VEN), 11-1

Saturday Results

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: rf. Cristian Leopoldo SANCHEZ HERNANDEZ (MEX), 10-0