The 2016 Cadet Pan-American Championships wrestling tournament took place July 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Lima, Peru. Competitors born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 competed in Greco-Roman on day one, women’s freestyle on day two and men’s freestyle on day three. Team USA sent a full roster for each competition made up of wrestlers who had proven themselves at the UWW Cadet Nationals earlier in the year.
Day one dawned with Coach Kerry McCoy’s charges ready for action in Greco-Roman. Sparked by Andrew Chambal’s dominating performance at 42 kg, he had three tech-falls and a pin on his way to the gold medal, Team USA took the team championship. Joining Chambal on the top step of the podium were Colin Valdiviez (54 kg), Calvin Germinaro (63 kg) and Noah Adams (100 kg). Jack Karstetter (58 kg) and Jake Hendricks (76 kg) added silver medals for Team USA, while Cevion Severado (46 kg), Dylan D’Emilio (50 kg) and Michael Beard (85 kg) took bronze. Tyler Dow (69 kg) was fifth.
It was the women’s turn on day two and they did not disappoint. They also took home a team championship and Cierra Foster (56 kg) was named outstanding wrestler for her dominant, gold medal winning performance which consisted of falls in all three of her matches. Joining her as gold medal winners from Team USA were Emily Shilson (46 kg), Stefana Jelacic (49 kg) and Jayden Laurent (65 kg). Silver medals were won by Caitlyn Walker (38 kg), Katlyn Pizzo (43 kg) and Brooke Logan (70 kg). Coming back to take bronze were Cameron Guerin (52 kg) and Breanna Douglas (60 kg). Torry Marufo finished fifth.
On the final day, men’s freestyle took the stage. It was more of the same from Team USA. The men’s freestylers completed the sweep of the team championships and rolled to five more individual gold medals. Colin Valdiviez (54 kg) and Noah Adams (100 kg) doubled up, winning gold in freestyle to go with their gold medals from Greco. Joining them as freestyle champions were Tyler Dow (69 kg), Jake Hendricks (76 kg) and Michael Beard (85 kg). Cevion Severado (46 kg) and Dylan D’Emilio (50 kg) took home silver medals. Andrew Chambal (42 kg) and Calvin Germinaro (63 kg) wrangled bronze.
After three days of competition in Peru, Team USA is going home with 13 gold medals, 27 total medals and three team championships. Congratulations to all the wrestlers!