Cuba and the United States claimed six of the seven Greco-Roman gold medals on the opening day of the Pan American Wrestling Championships in Buenos Aires, each winning three.
Leading the way for Cuba in the Argentinean capital’s Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo was 2015 world and Rio 2016 Olympic champion Ismael Borrero Molina, who claimed the 67 kilograms title.
In the final, Borrero Molina beat London 2012 Olympian and two-time junior world bronze medallist Ellis Coleman of the US with an 11-1 technical fall win.
Venezuela’s Shalom Villegas Requena and Brazil’s Joilson de Brito Ramos Junior were the bronze medallists.
Other Cubans winning were 2018 Pan American champion Luis Orta Sanchez and Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan.
Orta Sanchez finished atop the 60kg podium after defeating Mexico's Samuel Gurria Vigueras 9-0 in the final.
At 97kg, last year’s bronze medallist Rosillo Kindelan overcame 2016 junior world bronze medallist G'Angelo Hancock of the US with a 10-2 technical fall victory that started with a four-point throw.
The 60kg bronze medallists were Venezuela’s Anthony Palencia Puentes and Colombia’s Dicther Toro Castaneda, while Honduras' Kevin Mejia Castillo and Venezuela’s Luillys Perez Mora shared the third step of the 97kg podium.
Winning titles for the US were Max Nowry, RaVaughn Perkins and Adam Coon.
Coon, the 2018 world silver medallist, registered his third pin of the day in the 130kg final, holding down home favourite Luciano Del Rio in the first period.
#WrestleBuenosAires Greco-Roman results at 97 kg— United World Wrestling (@wrestling) April 18, 2019
🥇 - Gabriel ROSILLO KINDELAN (CUB)
🥈 - G’Angelo HANCOCK (USA)
🥉 - Luillys PEREZ MORA (VEN)
🥉 - Kevin MEJIA CASTILLO (HON)
Trailing on a passivity call, Coon moved Del Rio to his back for the pin around the two-minute mark.
Nowry went 3-0 on the day, winning a round robin at 55kg.
His final match only lasted 34 seconds as he scored a pair of takedowns, coupled with gut wrenches, for an 8-0 win over Argentina’s Marcelo Torres.
Perkins, meanwhile, had already clinched the 72kg crown in the morning session, going 2-0 in a three-man round-robin category.
Cuba’s Angel Pacheco Romero and Puerto Rico’s Edgardo Lopez Morell were the 130kg bronze medallists, while Brazil’s Sargis Khachatryan and Puerto Rico’s Joshua Medina finished second and third, respectively, at 55kg.
Completing the top three at 72kg, behind Perkins, were Brazil’s Kenedy Moraes Pedrosa and Argentina’s Francisco Barrio.
Earning today’s other gold medal was Ecuador’s Andres Montano Arroyo, who emerged victorious from the 63kg round robin.
In his last match of the day, Montano Arroyo beat defending champion Ryan Mango of the US 9-0.
Mango had to settle for the silver medal with Peru’s Jose Davila Cabello taking bronze.
Action in Buenos Aires is due to continue tomorrow.