2000 Pan American Championships Greco-Roman update; Morning session on Wednesday, May 24
An update on the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers at the Pan American Greco-Roman Championships in Cali, Colombia, morning session on Wednesday, May 24:
* The two U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers who are attempting to qualify the U.S. for the 2000 Olympic Games, Dennis Hall (Plover, Wis./Sunkist Kids) at 127.75 pounds and Matt Lindland (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids) at 167.5 pounds, remain alive in the quest for gold.
Hall will face Cuba's Roberto Monzon in the gold-medal match on Wednesday evening. Hall pinned Monzon in the gold-medal finals at the 1999 Pan American Games in Canada.
Lindland has drawn Ramirez of Venezuela in his semifinal match. Should Lindland win, his probable finals opponent would be 1993 World Champion Nestor Alamanza of Cuba.
* Besides Hall, three other U.S. wrestlers have secured a spot in the finals: Glenn Nieradka (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) at 138.75 pounds, Dan Henderson (Gresham, Ore./Dave Schultz WC) at 187.25 pounds, Rulon Gardner (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) at 286 pounds. All three will face Cuban athletes who have won World medals: Juan Maren at 138.75 pounds, 1999 World champion Luis Mendez at 187.25 pounds and 1992 Olympic champion Hector Millian at 286 pounds.
* Garrett Lowney (Appleton, Wis./Minnesota Storm) claimed the bronze medal at 213.75 pounds. He lost a referee's decision to veteran Reynaldo Pena of Cuba in the semifinals.
* Competing for bronze medals will be Brandon Paulson (Golden Valley, Minn./Minnesota Storm) at 119 pounds and Heath Sims (Huntington Beach, Calif./Dave Schultz WC) at 152 pounds. Paulson lost to 1999 World Champion Lazaro Rivas in the semifinals and Sims lost to 1996 Olympic champion Filiberto Azcuy of Cuba in the semifinals.
PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS at Cali, Colombia, May 23-24
U.S. Greco-Roman performances
54 kg/119 lbs. - Brandon Paulson, Golden Valley, Minn. - lost dec. to Lazaro Rivas (Cuba), 4-2; will face Salazar (Mexico) in bronze-medal match
58 kg/127.75 lbs. - Dennis Hall, Plover, Wis. - pin Renes (Colombia), 2:25; dec. Azerbaijani (Canada), 3-0; won by tech. fall over Cruz (Mexico), 11-0; will face Roberto Monzon (Cuba) in gold-medal match
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Glenn Nieradka, Colorado Springs, Colo. - pin Azescani (Argentina), 0:53; pin Franco (Mexico), 0:53; dec. Cuenv (Colombia), 5-0; will face Juan Maren (Cuba) in gold-medal match
69 kg/152 lbs. - Heath Sims, Huntington Beach, Calif. - lost by tech. fall to Filiberto Azcuy (Cuba), 11-0; will face Brea (Dominican Republic) in bronze-medal match
76 kg/167.5 lbs. - Matt Lindland, Lincoln, Neb. - won by tech. fall over Soto (Chile), 13-0; won by tech. fall over Vierling (Canada), 11-0; pinned Cruz (Puerto Rico), 0:58; vs. Ramirez (Venezuela) in semifinals
85 kg/187.25 lbs. - Dan Henderson, Gresham, Ore. - won by forfeit over Jenks (Canada); dec. Saboa (Dominican Republic), 9-3; dec. Eddy Bartolozzy (Venezuela), 12-0; will face Luis Mendez (Cuba) in gold-medal match
97 kg/213.75 lbs. - Garrett Lowney, Appleton, Wis., 3rd place - pin Orellano (El Salvador), 0:33; dec. Torres (Venezuela), 9-4; lost by ref. dec. to Reynaldo Pena (Cuba), 1-1, ot, 9:00
130 kg/286 lbs. - Rulon Gardner, Colorado Springs, Colo. - won by tech. fall over Suazo (Chile), 10-0; dec. Fail (Panama); vs. Hector Millian (Cuba) in gold-medal match