The United States might not head home with the team title from this latest edition of the Pan-American Games but there is every chance for the delegation to end their time in Santiago, Chile on a high note.
Cohlton Schultz (130 kg, Sunkist) downed his first two opponents on Saturday and will appear in this afternoon’s final opposite multi-time World bronze Oscar Pino Hinds of Cuba. Schultz, 23, pinned Edgardo Lopez Morell (PUR) in the opening round before earning a 5-2 decision at the expense of Moises Perez Hellburg (ECU) in the semifinal. Schultz — a World Champion on the Cadet level in ’17, as well as a two-time Junior World medalist (’18, bronze; ’19, silver) — has not yet faced Pino Hinds in competition. As for the Cuban heavyweight, he defeated fellow World bronze (from ’17) Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (CHI) in the quarterfinals before going over Armenian-born Eduard Soghomonyan (BRA) in the semis.
A dominant showing it was for one Josef Rau (97 kg, TMWC) in his first bout. Rau — a three-time victor at the continental championships — mowed down Jose Jourdan Calderon (PUR) via 9-0 technical fall, which for him brought to bear the opportunity to test reigning World Champion and returning Pan-Am Games gold Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan (CUB), a match-up that was the expectation upon release of the brackets. The bout did not end in Rau’s favor as Rosillo prevailed 8-0; however, Rosillo also won in the semifinal round, which allows Rau to still compete for hardware. With a bronze medal hanging in the balance, the Chicago native will take on familiar Honduran Kevin Mejia Castillo.
Zac Braunagel (87 kg, IRTC) trounced Brazil’s Ronisson Brandao Santiago by way of technical superiority in his Senior Pan-Am debut match, but was defeated in the quarterfinal by Carlos Munoz Jaramillo (COL). Munoz Jaramillo was decisioned by Luis Avendano Rojas (VEN) in the semifinal, which halted Braunagel from being able to re-enter the tournament in the repechage.
The finals and medal matches for Day 2 of the ’23 Pan-American Games are scheduled to begin at 5:00pm local time (4:00pm ET). Streaming capability had been advertised on the part of event organizer Pan-Am Sports but has thus far been inaccessible. Instead, updated results can be found on United World Wrestling Arena or by following USA Wrestling on Twitter.
Results for the US from Day 1 can be found here.
2023 Pan-American Games
November 3-4 — Santiago, CHI
TEAM USA FULL RESULTS
60 kg: Ildar Hafizov (Army/WCAP) — GOLD
WON Samuel Gurria Vigueras (MEX) via forfeit
WON Jeremy Peralta Gonzalez (ECU) 8-0, TF
WON Kevin de Armas Rodrigues (CUB) 7-5
77 kg: Kamal Bey (Army/WCAP) — GOLD
WON David Choc Huoc (GUA) 9-1, TF
WON Yosvanys Pena Flores (CUB) 4-3
WON Eduardo Bernal Molina (ECU) 9-0, TF
WON Joilson de Brito Ramos (BRA) via fall
87 kg: Zac Braunagel (IRTC)
WON Ronisson Brandao Santiago (BRA) 9-0, TF
LOSS Carlos Munoz Jaramillo (COL) 11-0, TF
97 kg: Joe Rau (TMWC)
WON Jose Jourdan Calderon (PUR) 9-0, TF
LOSS Gabriel Rosillo Kindelan (CUB) 8-0, TF
vs. Kevin Mejia Castillo (HON) — bronze medal match
130 kg: Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist)
WON Edgardo Lopez Morell (PUR) via fall
WON Moises Perez Hellburg (ECU) 5-2
vs. Oscar Pino Hinds (CUB) — final
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