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Sancho & Schultz Get #1 Seeds at Olympic Qualifier

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Cohlton Schultz -- Photo: Tony Rotundo

In the aftermath of the United States exiting the Pan-Am Championships with yet another team title, two roster members — Alex Sancho (67 kg, Army/WCAP) and Cohlton Schultz (130 kg, Sunkist) — have secured themselves top seeds at next week’s continental Olympic Qualifier.

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Ildar Hafizov (60 kg, Army/WCAP), Kamal Bey (77 kg, Army/WCAP), and Alan Vera (97 kg, NYAC) will receive #2 seeds while three-time National champ Spencer Woods (87 kg, Army/WCAP) is subject to the random draw in his bracket.

On Wednesday, ’20 Olympian Sancho earned his first Pan-American Championships gold medal after having previously finished 2nd (2016) and 3rd (’20). Schultz, who earned silver at the Pan-Am Games in November, was actually making his continental championships debut this week and was able to garner bronze. ’23 Pan-Ams gold Bey also scored a bronze and Vera was the runner-up in his own bracket to Kevin Mejia Castillo (HON). Woods was ousted in the quarterfinal round at 87 kg by longstanding competitor Carlos Munoz Jaramillo (COL). Hafizov did not compete. In his stead, Randon Miranda (NYAC) got the start and came away with his second-career silver from the event.

The ’24 Pan-Am Championships did not by itself determine the seeds for the Olympic Qualifier on February 28. Rather, the accumulation of United World Wrestling “Ranking Series” points is serving as the dataset responsible for influencing the seeds, which next week will only include the top-4 wrestlers in each weight category.

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Tentative Brackets

Below is the tentative composition of each bracket at the ’24 Pan-American Olympic Games Qualifier.

60 kg

1. Jose Rodriguez Orozco (VEN)
2. Ildar Hafizov (USA)
3. Liria Yerony Arturo (DOM)
4. Angel Segura Tellez (MEX)


Kevin DeArmas Rodriguez (CUB
Jeremy Peralta (ECU)
Dicther Toro Castaneda (COL)

67 kg

1. Alex Sancho (USA)
2. Julian Horta Acevedo (COL)
3. Andres Montano Arroyo (ECU)
4. Nestor Almanza Truyol (CHI)

77 kg

1. Yosvanys Pena Flores (CUB)
2. Kamal Bey (USA)
3. Jair Cuero Munoz (COL)
4. Joilson De Brito Ramos (BRA)


Emmanuel Benitez (MEX)
Arsen Julfalakyan (ARG)
Wuileixis Rivas Espinoza (VEN)

87 kg

1. Daniel Gregorich Hechavarria (CUB)
2. Luis Avendano Rojas (VEN)
3. Carlos Munoz Jaramillo (COL)
4. Alfonso Ariel Andres (HON)


Jose Moreno Bustos (CHI)
Jorge Llano (ARG)
Carlos Gomez (MEX)
Brandao Ronisson (BRA)
Spencer Woods (USA)

97 kg

1. Kevin Mejia Castillo (HON)
2. Alan Vera (USA)
3. Luillys Perez Mora (VEN)
4. Adames Carlos Alberto (DOM)


Pedro Bello Soto (MEX)
Kauan Ferreira Gomes (BRA)
Antonio Madrid DeLeon (PAN)
Ricardo Gomez Nahuel (ARG)

130 kg

1. Cohlton Schultz (USA)
2. Moises Perez Hellburg (VEN)
3. Yasmani Acosta Fernandez (CHI)
4. Jorawar Dhinsa (CAN)


Beder Martinez (MEX)
Eduard Soghomonyan (BRA)

The 2024 Pan-American Olympic Games Qualifier is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 in Acapulco, Mexico. FLOWrestling will carry the broadcast live for the United States audience beginning at 10:00am local time (11:00am ET).

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