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U.S. men’s freestyle team set for Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 5-6

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Vito Arujau gives the thumbs up after winning the 2023 U.S. Open title at 61 kg.
Vito Arujau gives the thumbs up after winning the 2023 U.S. Open title at 61 kg. Photo by Chris Mora.


The U.S. men’s freestyle team that will compete at the Pan American Senior Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 5-6, has been set with the conclusion of the U.S. Open in men’s freestyle in Las Vegas, Nev. today.


The men’s freestyle team, which competes May 5-6, will feature six 2022 Senior World medalists, all who accepted their berth on the team: 2022 World champions Kyle Dake (74 kg), Jordan Burroughs (79 kg) and Kyle Snyder (97 kg) plus 2022 World silver medalists Thomas Gilman (57 kg), Yianni Diakomihalis (65 kg) and Zain Retherford (70 kg).


The Pan American men’s freestyle team weight classes which were determined at the U.S. Open were 61 kg, 92 kg and 125 kg.


2023 U.S. Open champion and 2023 NCAA champion Vito Arujau agreed to compete at the Pan American Championships at 61 kg, as did 2023 U.S. Open champion Michael Macchiavello at 92 kg.


Rounding out the line-up is two-time Junior World champion Mark Hall will compete at 86 kg, as well as Dom Bradley at 125 kg. Both Hall and Bradley has won U.S. Open titles in the past.


The Pan American Championships will be followed on May 7-8 with the first UWW Beach World Series event. The United States will field a team of men and women to compete in the event.


The Senior Pan American Championships and the Beach World Series – Buenos Aires will be broadcast live by FloWrestling. Buenos Aires time is one hour ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone.

2023 PAN AMERICAN SENIOR MEN’S FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIIPS

At Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 5-6, 2023


U.S. men’s freestyle roster

57 kg: Thomas Gilman (Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)

61 kg: Vito Arujau (Titan Mercury WC/Spartan Combat RTC)

65 kg: Yianni Diakomihalis (Titan Mercury WC/Spartan Combat RTC)

70 kg: Zain Retherford (Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)

74 kg: Kyle Dake (Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)

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

86 kg: Mark Hall (Titan Mercury WC/Pennsylvania RTC)

92 kg: Michael Macchiavello (Titan Mercury WC/Wolfpack RTC)

97kg: Kyle Snyder (Titan Mercury WC/Nittany Lion WC)

125 kg: Dominique Bradley (Sunkist Kids)

USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach – Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo.

USA Wrestling Manager of Freestyle Programs – Joe Russell, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Team Leader: Rich Tavoso, New York, N.Y.

Referee: Sam Julian, Schulykill Haven, Pa.

Referee: Jason Babi, Centennial, Colo.

Referee: Susanna Sylstad, Graham, Wash.

Referee: Paul Kruggel, Columbuas, Ohio

Medical: Ryan Palmer, Carthage, N.J.

Medical: Dr. Jesse Shaw, Beaverton, Ore.

Strength Coach: Mason Walters, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Nutritionist: Nuwanee Kirihennedige, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Executive Director: Rich Bender, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Delegate: Rick Tucci, Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Delegate: Jose Campo, Poway, Calif.

Event Schedule

(one hour ahead of U.S. Eastern time zone)


Wednesday, May 3

Greco-Roman 55 kg, 60 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg

10:00 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage

4:45 p.m. -Opening Ceremonies

6:00 p.m. – Medal matches

Thursday, May 4

Greco-Roman 77 kg, 82 kg, 87 kg

Women’s freestyle 55 kg, 59 kg, 65 kg, 72 kg

10:00 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage

6:00 p.m. – Medal matches

Friday, May 5

Women’s freestyle 50 kg, 53 kg, 57 kg, 62 kg, 68 kg, 76 kg

Men’s freestyle 79 kg, 92 kg

10:00 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage

6:00 p.m. – Medal matches

Saturday, May 6

Men’s freestyle 57 kg, 61 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg, 125 kg

10:00 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage

6:00 p.m. – Medal matches

Sunday May 7 and Monday, May 8

Beach World Series – Buenos Aires

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