Acapulco, Mexico – The PRTC earned two more gold medals this past weekend helping Team USA dominate the competition at the Pan American Championships. Joey McKenna (65kg) won his second Pan Am title while Jordan Burroughs (79kg) won his fifth.
Coach Brandon Slay, having coached Mark Hall and David McFadden to US Open titles a week earlier, made the trip south to corner Burroughs and McKenna while they represented the United States. “I’m very happy with the way our guys are wrestling right now,” said Slay. “Our par terre offense is getting better every day!”
McKenna won in the finals with a dominating 10-0 performance over Sebastian Rivera(Scarlet Knight Wrestling Club) from Puerto Rico. He used a leg lace from transition with several rolls to seal the match and the technical superiority win.
In the semi-finals, McKenna was also dominant in defeating 2020 Tokyo Olympian Agustin Destribats of Argentina. After several intense scramble situations, McKenna came away with the 13-5 victory.
Burroughs surrendered just one point while winning at 79kg. With just five competitors in the weight class, a round robin format was used. He outscored his opponents 40-1 with three technical superiority wins and one fall.
Following the US Women’s Freestyle Team’s Championship title on Saturday, the men’s team added a first place trophy of their own. Outscoring Canada by 91 points, Team USA won the Men’s Freestyle title.
The PRTC and Team USA results:
65kg: Joey McKenna – Gold Medal
Quarterfinal: VSU Andre Renato QUISPE FAJARDO (CHI)
Semifinal: VPO1 Agustin Alejandro DESTRIBATS (ARG)
Final: VSU Sebastian RIVERA (PUR), 10-0
79 kg: Jordan Burroughs – Gold Medal
Round Robin 1: VSU Samuel Jacob BARMISH (CAN), 12-1
Round Robin 2: VFA Victor J SANTOS ACOSTA (PUR), 8-0
Round Robin 3: VSU Juan Sebastian RIVERA GARCIA (COL), 10-0
Round Robin 4: VSU Miguel Angel ORNELAS REYNOSO (MEX), 10-0
- United States, 229
- Canada, 138
- Puerto Rico, 120
- Mexico, 101
- Cuba, 76
- Argentina, 56
- Brazil, 55
- Colombia, 54
- Dominican Republic, 38
- Venezuela, 37
Pictures courtesy of Levi Ventura