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2017 Pan-Am Championships Greco-Roman Rosters

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Robby Smith -- Photo: Tony Rotundo

The Greco-Roman portion of the 2017 Pan-American Championships gets underway this Friday in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil and there is some predictably tough competition the US will have to navigate through. The Pan-Ams are always a marquee event on the wrestling calendar, but with United World Wrestling using the results of all of the Continental Championships as seeding criteria for the 2017 World Championships, the stakes have been drummed up a bit. Here’s how UWW put it earlier last month:

“An athlete only receives points within the weight class they participated at the Olympic Games, World Championship and the Continental Championship. Seeding is also linked directly to the athlete, not the national federation. If the National Wrestling Federation replaces the concerned athlete, they will lose this position and the conventional drawing-of-lots shall be administered.”

The two other events of note UWW will be using for seeding criteria include the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2016 Non-Olympic Weight World Championships that were held in Budapest in November.

UWW seeding criteria 2017 World Championships

Chart: United World Wrestling

In other words, this event for the US Greco-Roman wrestlers, and everybody else who competes in both the Continental Championships and the Worlds, is vital. The United States is bringing four freshly-minted 2017 World Team members: Patrick Smith (71 kg, Minnesota Storm); Ben Provisor (85 kg, NYAC); G’Angelo Hancock (98 kg, NYAC); and Robby Smith (130 kg, NYAC). How those four perform in Brazil will potentially affect where they are placed at the World Championships. For the two 2016 Olympians on the roster, Provisor and Robby Smith, their results from the 2016 Olympics did not garner any points for them to carry over, as both placed 12th in Rio.

The 2017 Pan Ams begin Friday morning at 9:00am and can be viewed live via subscription on Trackwrestling.com.

2017 Pan-Am Championships Greco-Roman Rosters

Argentina

71 kg: Francisco Albano Barrio
130 kg: Luciano Del Rio (2015 Pan Am Championships bronze medalist, 2016 South American Championships gold medalist)

Brazil

59 kg: Calebe Correra Ferreira (2015 Junior Pan Am Championships bronze medalist)
66 kg: Joilson De Brito Ramos Junior (2016 Brazil Cup gold medalist)
71 kg: Kenedy Moraes Pedrosa
75 kg: Angelo Rafael Marques Moreira
80 kg: Andre Luis Ramos Pinto (2015 Brazil Cup bronze medalist)
85 kg: Diego Ribiero Romanelli (two-time Brazil Cup, 2010 Junior Pan Am Championships silver medalist)
98 kg: Davi Jose Albino
130 kg: Eduard Soghomonyan (2016 Olympian, 2016 Pan Am Championships silver medalist, 20915 Brazil Cup, 2015 South American Championships)

Canada

71 kg: Joshua Proctor
85 kg: Kyle Bonk-Dann
98 kg: Thomas Barreiro

Chile

59 kg: Cristobal Torres Nunez
75 kg: Matias Cabezas Cornejo
85 kg: Jose Moreno Bustos
98 kg: Carlos Garcia Escuti
130 kg: Yasmani Acosta Fernandez

Colombia 

59 kg: Dicther Toro Castaneda
66 kg: Jair Cuero Munoz
75 kg: Carlos Valor Dominguez
85 kg: Carlos Munoz Jaramillo
130 kg: Oscar Solis

Cuba

59 kg: Ismael Borrero Molina (2016 Olympic Champion, 2015 World Champion, three-time Pan Am Championships gold medalist)
66 kg: Miguel Martinez Palacio
75 kg: Yurisandy Hernandez Rios (2016 Olympian, 2016 Granma Cup gold medalist)
85 kg: Daniel Hechavarria
98 kg: Yasmany Lugo Cabrera (2016 Olympic silver medalist, five-time Pan Am Championships gold medalist, three-time Granma Cup gold medalist)
130 kg: Oscar Pino Hinds (2016 Pan Am Championships gold medalist, 2015 Granma Cup gold medalist)

Dominican Republic

59 kg: Jancel Pimentel Gonzalez
71 kg: Luis De Leon
75 kg: Carlos Alberto Palmer
80 kg: Johan Batista (2016 Granma Cup gold medalist)
130 kg: Josue Encarnacion Ovando

Ecuador 

59 kg: Andres Montano Arroyo
66 kg: Jose Sanchez Betancourt
75 kg: Enrique Cuero Ortiz
85 kg: Gregory Reasco Anguilo

Guatemala 

85 kg: Hector Melgar Muz
98 kg: Lester Enriquez Calderon
130 kg: Jose Diaz Ponciano

Honduras

66 kg: Gorge Gonzalez Batis
71 kg: Jefrin Mejia Sambula
98 kg: Kevin Mejia Castillo (two-time Junior Pan Am Championships gold medalist, 2016 Dave Schultz Memorial International gold medalist, 2016 Pan Am Championships bronze medalist, 2016 Granma Cup gold medalist)

Mexico

59 kg: Samuel Ugalde Aguilar
Ali Soto Macias
Emilio Perez Alfonso
66 kg: Victor Mendez Hidalgo
71 kg:  Fernando Vincente Gomez
75 kg: Juan Angel Escobar (two-time Pan Am Games bronze medalist, 2013 Pan Am Championships silver medalist, 2011 Pan Am Championships bronze medalist)
80 kg: Daniel Vincente Gomez
85 kg: Alfonsa Leyva Yepez
130 kg: Luis Roman Barrios

Panama

75 kg: Alvis Almendra Jimenez
98 kg: Kempton Aparicio Rodriguez

Peru

59 kg: Jose Magallanes Durand
66 kg: Mario Molina Cortez
85 kg: Ricardo Cardenas Esquen

Puerto Rico

130 kg: Edgardo Lopez Morell

United States

59 kg: Ryan Mango (2013 US World Team Trials runner-up, 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix bronze medalist, 2015 Zagreb Open bronze medalist)
66 kg: Hayden Tuma (2017 World Team Trials runner-up, 2015 Junior World Team member, 2016 Dave Schultz Memorial International bronze medalist, 2016 Bill Farrell Memorial International silver medalist)
71 kg: Patrick Smith (2017 US World Team, two-time Pan Am Championships gold medalist, 2016 US National Champion, 2017 Thor Masters Invitational bronze medalist, 2014 University World silver medalist)
75 kg: Kamal Bey (2017 World Team Trials runner-up, 2016 Junior World Team member, 2017 Dave Schultz Memorial International gold medalist, 2016 US National Champion, 2016 Bill Farrell Memorial gold medalist, 2016 Black Diamond Cup gold medalist)
80 kg: Cheney Haight (2017 US World Team member, 2016 Pan Am Championships gold medalist, two-time US National Champion)
85 kg: Ben Provisor (2017 US World Team, two-time US Olympic Team member, two-time Dave Schultz Memorial International gold medalist, 2009 Junior Pan Am Championships gold medalist)
98 kg: G’Angelo Hancock (2017 US World Team, 2016 Junior World bronze medalist, 2017 Austrian Open gold medalist, 2017 Dave Schultz Memorial International gold medalist, 2016 US National Champion, 2016 Bill Farrell Memorial Champion)
130 kg: Robby Smith (2017 US World Team, 2016 Olympian, three-time Bill Farrell Memorial gold medalist, 2015 Pan Am Championships gold medalist, two-time Pan Am Championships silver medalist, 2010 Sunkist International Open gold medalist, 2012 Haavisto Cup gold medalist)

Venezuela 

59 kg: Shalom Villegas Requema
66 kg: Wuileixis Rivas Espinosa
75 kg: Luis Avendano Rojas
85 kg: Yorgen Cova Pulido
98 kg: Luillys Perez Mora
130 kg: Erwin Caraballo Cabrera

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