Five-time world champion Adeline Gray was among the winners as women’s wrestling provided the focus at the Pan American Wrestling Championships in Guatemala.
Gray was one of the star names to watch on the second day of women’s wrestling competition at the Teodoro Palacios Flores National Gymnasium in Guatemala City.
The American star won all four of her contests in the women’s 76kg competition, which was held in a round robin format.
Gray improved on her silver medal from 2020 to win the event for the second time.
Ecuador’s Genesis Reasco and Brazil’s Aline Ferreira earned the silver and bronze medals in the weight division.
United States’ Sarah Hildebrandt topped the standings in the 50kg division, which was held in a traditional Nordic bracket format.
Hildebrandt produced a dominant performance in the final, winning by superiority by opening up a 10-0 lead over Ecuador’s Jacqueline Mollocana.
Brazil’s Kamila Barbosa and Argentina’s Patricia Bermúdez completed the podium places.
Ronna Marie Heaton added to the US gold medal haul in the women’s 53kg event, after beating Ecuador’s Luisa Valverde 9-6 in the final.
Brazil’s Sabrina Gama Tapajos won the bronze medal match against Mexico’s Laura Torres.
Two further titles were earned by American wrestlers, with Kayla Miracle and Tamyra Mensah earning 62kg and 68kg gold.
#WrestleGuatemala WFS results at 50 kg— United World Wrestling (@wrestling) May 29, 2021
?– Sarah HILDEBRANDT ?? df. Jacqueline MOLLOCANA ELENO ??, 10-0
?– Kamila BARBOSA VITO DA SILVA ?? df. Yusmy CHAPARRO URREGO ??, 3-0
?– Patricia BERMUDEZ ?? df. Madison PARKS ??, 5-2
Miracle was a 6-0 winner over Brazil’s Lais Nunes in the 62kg final, while Mexico’s Alejandra Romero won the sole bronze medal on offer.
The 68kg event saw Mensah win 10-4 in the final against Dominican Republic’s Yessica Oviedo.
Argentina’s Luz Clara Vazquez and Brazil’s Gabriela Pedro da Rocha won bronze.
The results gave the US team nine gold medals across the 10 women’s wrestling divisions contested over two days.
Giullia Penalber was the only non-US winner with the Brazilian winning the 57kg title, as she overcame Canada’s Alexandria Town 9-2 in the final.
Town had earlier beaten Cameron Guerin, with the American bouncing back from the defeat to earn bronze.
The first men’s freestyle finals were also held today.
Thomas Gantt Jr triumphed in the 79kg final, with the American wrestler winning 8-0 against Colombia’s Nestor Tafur Barrios.
Canada’s Samuel Barmish won 6-0 against Argentina’s Jorge Llano in the bronze medal bout.
Nathan Jackon was crowned as the winner of the 96kg division, after recording four consecutive wins in the round robin tournament.
Canada’s Jeremy Poirer and Mexico’s Angel Bautista Lopez earned the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Competition will conclude tomorrow in Guatemala.