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What we Learned at the 2017 Pan American Championships

2017 Pan Ams

Over the weekend Team USA was in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil for the 2017 Pan American Championships. For the first time, seeding points were on the line for those wrestlers who go on to compete at the World Championships in August. This made the competition even more important for wrestlers such as Kyle Snyder, Logan Stieber, and Alli Ragan, each of whom held one of the top spots in the race for the number one seed at their weight thanks to their world or Olympic performances in 2016. After day one began with a bizarre scene which resulted in a very long day two before men's freestyle wrapped up day three, we learned quite a bit this weekend.

Just when you think you've seen it all, the venue catches on fire

Before the first round of Greco action could finish Friday morning, a sauna in the Pan American Judo Center caught on fire forcing the evacuation of the facility. Athletes, coaches, and officials were all safely evacuated, but there was initially a question as to whether the tournament would have to move to another facility. Eventually, it was decided that the Judo Center could safely host the rest of the tournament which resulted in Greco wrestling the bulk of their tournament Saturday morning before women's freestyle took over in the afternoon. This condensed the timelines of both tournaments and was another reminder that anything can happen in international wrestling.

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