America’s Jordan Burroughs continued the preparations for the defence of Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro later this year by securing the gold medal in the men’s 74 kilogram freestyle event at the Pan American Wrestling Championships at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco.
Having won the world title in Las Vegas last September, the 27-year-old performed well once again in front of a home crowd in Texas.
He progressed through the early rounds to set up a gold medal bout with Colombia’s Carlos Izquierdo Mendez.
It proved to be a comfortable final for the home favourite as Burroughs was awarded a technical fall win after moving into a 12-2 lead.
Canada’s Ilya Abelev was awarded the first bronze after Puerto Rico’s Francisco Soler Tanco was forced to withdraw through injury and Mexico’s Christian Anguiano Flores cruised to a 7-0 win over Venezuela’s Adonis Ramon Arroyo in the other bout.
A second American victory of the day was claimed by Sam Hazewinkel in the 57kg event.
He earned a closely fought 7-5 win over Canada’s Darthe Capellan.
The division’s sole bronze medal was claimed by Cuba’s Elieser Abrines, the judges awarding him a technical fall win over Venezuela’s Andry Davila Baron.
In the 61kg competition, America's Coleman Scott overcame Colombia’s Uber Cuero Munoz 8-4 in the gold medal match.
Venezuela’s Pedro Mejias Rodriguez won 10-2 against Ecuador’s Jefferson Mayea Figueroa to win the bronze medal.
Further success for the host country was achieved by Frank Molinaro, who defeated Cuba’s Alejandro Valdes Tobier 4-2 in the 70kg final.
The bronze medal tie proved a one sided contest as Ecuador’s Mauricio Sanchez Saltos cruised to a technical fall win over Honduras’ Luis Barrios Rochez having opened up a 14-4 lead.
The United States came out on top of another gold medal contest against Cuban opposition, as Dominique Bradley was able to edge Yudenny Alpajon Estevez 2-1 in the 125kg division.
Venezuela’s Luis Vivenes Urbaneja and Mexico’s Jesse Ruiz Flores earned technical fall wins in their respective bronze medal ties against Colombia’s Jarlys Mosquera Mosquera and Brazil’s Antoine Abou Jaoude.
Cuba’s wait for a victory came to an end in the 86kg event when Livan Lopez Azcuy beat Peru’s Pool Ambrocio Greifo 5-0.
America's Keith Gavin and Dominica’s Billy Valdez Jean earned bronze medals after technical fall wins over Guatemala’s Erick Orellana Orellana and Puerto Rico’s Armando Santiago Alvarado.
The second most successful country on the day was the Venezuelan team as they ended with two gold medals.
Anthony Montero Chirinos sealed their first triumph by overcoming home favourite James Green 10-6 in the 65kg event.
Canada’s Dillon Williams earned a technical fall victory over Mexico’s Brandon Diaz Ramirez to win bronze, with Cuba’s Bonne Rodriguez replicating the feat in his clash against Sixto Auccapina Pedragas.
Venezuela’s second title came courtesy of Jose Diaz Robertti’s 97kg rival Reineris Salas Perez of Cuba forfeiting the contest.
Canada’s Ali Al Rekabi saw his opponent Ivan Burtovoy of Argentina forfeit their bronze medal match, while the United States’ Scott Schiller earned a technical fall win over Trinidad and Tobago’s Nathanael Rose to complete the podium positions.