Brandon O’Brien wins Pan-American Gold medal

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Cedar Rapids native Brandon O’Brien competed at the 2016 Pan American Schoolboy championships in Medellin, Colombia this weekend and Team USA will be returning home with nine medals in Men’s freestyle including an outstanding six of those medals being golden. Winning one of those medals with Iowa native Brandon O’Brien, who competed at 32 kg (70.5 lbs).

O’Brien opened his tournament with a technical fall over his opponent from Venezuela, and followed that win with a fall against a wrestler from Colombia. From there O’Brien went on to finish off the field by winning the gold medal.

In addition to six champions Carter Young (Bixby, Oklahoma) was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Wresting continues today with the Women’s freestyle competition.

U.S. men’s freestyle results

32 kg/70.5 lbs. – Brandon O’Brien, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – GOLD
35 kg/77 lbs. – Christian Forbes, Tulsa, Oklahoma – SILVER
38 kg/83.5 lbs. – Carter Young, Bixby, Oklahoma – GOLD, OW
42 kg/92.5 lbs. – Jesse Mendez, Crown Point, Indiana – BRONZE
47 kg/103.5 lbs. – Keegan Slyter, Paola, Kansas – GOLD
53 kg/116.5 lbs. – Aaden Valdez, Pueblo, Colorado – DNP
59 kg/129.8 lbs. – Dominick Serrano, Greeley, Colorado – GOLD
66 kg/145.2 lbs. – Cougar Andersen, Skiatook, Oklahoma – GOLD
73 kg/160.5 lbs. – Brooks Empey, Stoughton, Wisconsin – BRONZE
85 kg/187 lbs. – Tyler Hannah, Genoa, Wisconsin – GOLD

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