USA WRESTLING: Olympians Burroughs, Scott, Hazewinkel plus Molinaro and Bradley win Pan Am freestyle golds for the USA

Published February 29th, 2016 by Jordan Burroughs

Jordan Burroughs controls Carlos Izquierdo of Colombia in the 74 kg freestyle finals. Photo by Stuart Spears.

FRISCO, Texas – Five of the six Americans in the gold-medal finals won gold medals in men’s freestyle at the Pan American Championships at the Dr. Pepper Arena on Saturday night.

Included were three teammates on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team: Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids/Nebraska RTC) at 74 kg/163 lbs., Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott (Chapel Hill, N.C./Sunkist Kids) at 61 kg/134 lbs. and Olympian Sam Hazewinkel (Norman, Okla./Sunkist Kids) at 57 kg/125.5 lbs.

Burroughs had a rousing finals match which featured tremendous action and crowd participation, a 12-2 technical fall over Carlos Arturo Izquierdo Mendez of Colombia. It was a crazy match with many ebbs and flows.

Burroughs scored first on a takedown, but Izquierdo answered with his own for a 2-2 tie. Burroughs seemed to score on the edge but no points were awarded and a challenge was made. The fans started getting involved, with many of those from other countries supporting the Colombian. Eventually, Burroughs was given a 5-2 lead by the officials. Izquierdo kept coming hard, and the action was intense. Burroughs continued getting takedowns, stretching it to a 12-2 technical fall in the final minute of the bout.

Burroughs won all four of his matches by technical fall, and extended his career record to 122-2.

“It was a lot of fun. The crowd is here to see something exciting whether that’s a huge upset or a butt-kicking, either way it’s going to be exciting. I [just need to] improve, continuously improve. I got scored on twice and anytime that happens it means I’ve got things to work on. So I just go back to the drawing board, look at these matches and tweak some things,” said Burroughs.

Sam Hazewinkel defeated a game Canadian, Darthe Capellan, 7-5. Hazewinkel opened with a 4-0 lead on a takedown and turn, and led the entire way. Up 7-2, Hazewinkel gave up three points on a pushout and a takedown and came out with the victory.

“He came out hard and he was a good fighter. I like a good fight match, those are fun and those are the kind you remember. Praise God that my shape was good and I could stay in there and fight,” said Hazewinkel

Scott defeated Wilber Euclides Cuero Munoz of Colombia, 8-4 in the finals. Scott had a tough match against a game Cuero, who fought hard the entire match. Scott led 6-2 at the break, with a pair of takedowns and a turn. Both wrestlers scored a takedown in the second period, for the final four-point margin of victory.

“I had to pick up my movement and my motion. It wasn’t my best performance by any means, but we’re still six weeks out from the Trials so it’s a good sign. It’s great that I like competition. Right now it’s perfect timing. I made the weight I wanted to make. Everything went right and I’m just fine-tuning and I’ll be a lot better in six weeks,” said Scott.

The other two U.S. champions were Frank Molinaro (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC) at 70 kg/154 lbs. and Dom Bradley (Blue Springs, Mo./Sunkist Kids) at 125 kg/275 lbs.

Molinaro stopped Alejandro Enrique Vasldes Tobier of Cuba, 4-2, Molinaro trailed 0-1 after the first period, when he was put on the shot clock and could not score. He turned it around in the second with a big four-point double leg takedown to lead 4-1. He was put on the shot clock in the last minute of the match and gave up another point, but Molinaro controlled the action to the end.

“I had a game plan going into the match, it was a little bit different from when I usually just go out there and wrestle hard but I stuck to the game plan and it went in my favor. I felt really good. Today I was able to just wrestle as hard as I could, no weight cut fatigue. I had a really solid week. It was exciting to compete at 70 it was something different,” said Molinaro.

Bradley edged Yudenny Alpajon Estevez of Cuba, 2-1. Alpajon led 1-0 at the break when Bradley was penalized on the shot clock. In the second period, Bradley tied it with a pushout. The Cubans challenged the call and it was denied, giving Bradley another point, the margin of victory.

2015 World bronze medalist James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska RTC) took silver at 65 kg/143 lbs., falling to Anthony Jose Montero Chirinos of Venezuela, 6-10.

Green was battling from behind much of the match. Montero scored two takedowns and a turn for a 6-0 lead in the first period. A Green double leg made it 2-6 at the break. Green battled back with two more takedowns in the second period to tie it at 6-6, and he held the tiebreaker. However, Montero locked up a big throw for four points on the edge of the mat to retake the lead, and Green could not score in the closing seconds.

The USA added a pair of bronze medals by Keith Gavin (Charlottesville, Va./Titan Mercury WC) at 86 kg/189 lbs. and Scott Schiller (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 97 kg/213 lbs., both who won by technical fall in the finals.

The Pan American Championships conclude on Sunday with the Greco-Roman competition. The preliminaries begin at 10:00 a.m., with the medal match finals at 6:00 p.m. The event is being broadcast by Flowrestling.

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Men’s freestyle results

57 kg/125.5 lbs.
Gold medal – Sam Hazewinkel (USA)
Silver medal- Darthe Capellan (Canada)
Bronze medal – Elieser Guevara Abrines (Cuba)
Bronze medal – Brandon Escobar Amador (Honduras)
5th - Andry Jose Davila Baron (Venezuela)
Gold – Hazewinkel dec. Capellan, 7-5
Bronze – Guevara tech. fall Davila, 10-0

61 kg/134 lbs.
Gold medal – Coleman Scott (USA)
Silver medal - Wber Euclides Cuero Munoz (Colombia)
Bronze medal –. Pedro Jesus Mejias Rodriguez (Venezuela)
Bronze medal – Jacob Dana Hergenhein (Canada)
5th - Jefferson Walter Maya Figuerero (Ecuador)
Gold – Scott dec. Cuero, 8-4
Bronze – Mejias tech. fall Maya, 10-0

65 kg/143 lbs.
Gold medal – Anthony Jose Montero Chirinos (Venezuela)
Silver medal - James Green (USA)
Bronze medal – Dillon Williams (Canada)
Bronze medal – Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez (Cuba)
5th - Brandon Diaz Ramirez (Mexico)
5th - Sixto Miguel Auccapina Pedragas (Peru)
Gold – Montero dec. Green, 10-6
Bronze – Williams tech. fall Diaz, 10-0
Bronze – Bonne tech. fall Auccapina, 11-0

70 kg/154 lbs.
Gold medal – Frank Molinaro (USA)
Silver medal - Alejandro Enrique Vasldes Tobier (Cuba)
Bronze medal –Mauricio Javier Sanchez Santos (Ecuador)
Bronze medal – Hernan Guzman Ipuz (Colombia)
5th - Luis Barrios Rochez (Honduras)
Gold – Molinaro dec. Vasldes, 4-2
Bronze – Sanchez tech. fall Barrios, 14-4

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold medal – Jordan Burroughs (USA)
Silver medal - Carlos Arturo Izquierdo Mendez (Colombia)
Bronze medal – Ilya Abelev (Canada)
Bronze medal – Christian Anguiano Flores (Mexico)
5th - Francisco Soler Tanco (Puerto Rico)
5th - Adonis Ramon Arroyo (Venezuela)
Gold – Burroughs tech. fall Izquierdo, 12-2
Bronze – Abelev inj. dft. Soler, 0:20
Bronze – Anguiano dec. Ramon, 7-0

86 kg/189 lbs.
Gold medal – Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba)
Silver medal - Pool Edinson Ambrocio Greifo (Peru)
Bronze medal – Keith Gavin (USA)
Bronze medal – Billy Valdez Jean (Dominican Republic)
5th - Erick Orellana Orellana (Guatemala)
5th - Armando Santiago Alvarado (Puerto Rico)
Gold – Lopez dec. Ambrocio, 5-0
Bronze – Gavin tech. fall Orellana, 10-0
Bronze – Valdez tech. fall Santiago, 10-0

97 kg/213 lbs.
Gold medal – Jose Diaz Robertti (Venezuela)
Silver medal - Reineris Salas Perez (Cuba)
Bronze medal – Scott Schiller (USA)
Bronze medal –Ali Al Rekabi (Canada)
5th - Nathanael Rose (Trinidad and Tobago)
5th - Ivan Burtovoy (Argentina)
Gold – Diaz by forfeit over Salas
Bronze – Schiller tech. fall Rose, 11-0
Bronze – Al Rekabi by forfeit over Burtovoy

125 kg/275 lbs.
Gold medal – Dom Bradley (USA)
Silver medal - Yudenny Alpajon Estevez (Cuba)
Bronze medal – Jesse Flores (Mexico)
Bronze medal –Luis Vivenes Urbaneja (Venezuela)
5th - Antoine Braga Abou Jaoude (Brazil)
5th - Jarlys Mosquera Mosquera (Colombia)
Gold – Bradley dec. Alpajon, 2-1
Bronze – Flores tech. fall Jaoude, 12-1
Bronze – Vivenes tech. fall Mosquera, 11-0

U.S. Men’s freestyle performance

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Sam Hazewinkel, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Eliesar Guevera Abrines (Cuba), tech. fall 14-3
WIN Andry Jose Davila Baron (Venezuela), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Darthe Cappelin (Canada), 7-5

61 kg/134 lbs.- Coleman Scott, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Jefferson Walter Mayea Figueroa (Ecuador), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Pedro Jesus Mejia Rodriguez (Venezuela), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Wilber Euclides Cuero Munoz (Colombia), 8-4

65 kg/143 lbs. - James Green, Lincoln, Neb. (Titan Mercury WC/Nebraska RTC), silver medal
WIN Dillon Williams (Canada), tech. fall 12-1
WIN Brandon Disair Diaz Ramirez (Mexico), 3-2
LOSS Anthony Jose Montero Chirinos (Venezuela), 6-10

70 kg/154 lbs. - Frank Molinaro, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC), gold medal
WIN Hernan Guzman Ipuz (Colombia), pin 2:01
WIN Alejandro Enrique Vasldes Tobier (Cuba), 4-2

74 kg/163 lbs - Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids/Nebraska RTC), gold medal
WIN Pedro Orlando Martinez Chen (Guatemala), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Francisco Daniel Soler Tanco (Puerto Rico), tech fall
WIN Ilya Abelev (Canada), tech. fall 14-2
WIN Carlos Arturo Izquierdo Mendez (Colombia), tech. fall 12-2

86 kg/189 lbs. - Keith Gavin, Charlottesville, Va. (Titan Mercury WC), bronze medal
WIN Edison Omar Paladines Alberca (Ecuador), tech. fall 16-5
WIN Miguel Javier Sanchez Geraldo (Mexico), tech. fall 12-0
LOSS Livan Lopez Azcuy (Cuba), 2-4
WIN Erick Rodolpho Orellana Orellana (Guatemala), tech. fall 10-0

97 kg/213 lbs. - Scott Schiller, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm), bronze medal
LOSS Jose Daniel Diaz Robertty (Venezuela), 2-6
WIN Nathaniel Rose (Trinidad and Tobago), tech. fall 11-0

125 kg/275 lbs. - Dom Bradley, Blue Springs, Mo. (Sunkist Kids)
WIN Antoine Braga Abou Jaoude (Brazil), tech. fall 10-0
WIN Jesse Prudente Ruiz Flores (Mexico), tech. fall, 10-0
WIN Yudenny Alpajon Estevez (Cuba), 2-1

Golden Boot Outstanding Wrestler Award - Anthony Jose Montero Chirinos (Venezuela), 65 kg

Team Standings
1. United States, 75
2. Cuba, 53
3. Venezuela, 51



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