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Bisek storms through Toronto, wins Pan Am Games gold

Published July 16th, 2015 by MTC Staff

By Craig Sesker, USA Wrestling | Photo by Tony Rotundo

TORONTO, Canada – Team USA turned in a superb performance with two gold medals, one silver and a bronze as the Pan American Games wrestling competition kicked off at the Hershey Centre.

 

Andy Bisek and Jon Anderson won gold medals, Bryce Saddoris a silver medal and Spenser Mango a bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling on Wednesday night.

 

The U.S. compiled an impressive 10-2 record on one of the best days in American Greco in recent history.

 

Bisek, a 2014 World bronze medalist, steamrolled to a 8-0 technical fall over Panama’s Alvis Almendra in the gold-medal match at 75 kg/165 lbs. Bisek hit a gut wrench, a four-point lift and another gut wrench to prevail.

 

Bisek had beaten Almendra in the 2012 Pan American Championships in Colorado Springs.

 

“That’s a good mark that I’ve still got a lot of different tricks on top,” Bisek said. “I’m trying to find different lifts and different turns, and push the pace on my feet. I felt really good out there.”

 

Bisek ran around the mat holding an American flag above his head after earning gold.

 

“I have never done anything like it,” he said. “It was cool. It was more fun than I thought it would be."

 

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Traditional power Cuba, which won six gold medals at the 2011 Pan Am Games, did not advance a wrestler to the finals Wednesday. Cuba came back to win two bronze medals Wednesday night. The last two Greco weights will be contested Thursday.


Day 2 of the four-day tournament is set for Thursday in Toronto. Americans Caylor Williams and Robby Smith are scheduled to compete in Greco with women’s wrestlers Alyssa Lampe and Whitney Conder also taking the mat for Team USA.

 

75 kg/165 lbs.

Gold – Andy Bisek (USA)

Silver – Alvis Almendra (Panama)

Bronze – Carlos Munoz (Colombia)

Bronze – Juan Escobar (Mexico)

 

75 kg/165 lbs. – Andy Bisek, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Minnesota Storm) – GOLD MEDAL

WIN Luis Avendano (Venezuela), tech fall 8-0

WIN Juan Escobar (Mexico), tech fall 9-0

WIN Alvis Almendra (Panama), 8-0

 

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