Hunter DeJong | Photo by Ben Strandberg –
By Richard Immel | USA Wrestling
The U.S. will send a talented group of men and women athletes to compete at the 2017 Cadet Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 7-9.

The competition kicks off on Friday with the Greco-Roman tournament, followed by women’s freestyle on Saturday and men’s freestyle on Sunday. Action each day is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (ET).

The 10 U.S. men making the journey to Argentina will compete in both freestyle and Greco-Roman disciplines. All 10 athletes finished in the top six of their respective weight class at the UWW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals in Akron, Ohio. Eight of the 10 men earned All-American finishes in both Greco-Roman and freestyle in Akron.

Parker Decker (Keller, Texas) at 46 kg/101 lbs. and King Sandoval (Waldorf, Md.) at 54 kg/119 lbs. both finished as Greco-Roman runners-up at the UWW Cadet Nationals. Sandoval was also a third-place finisher at the USAW Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals last summer.

Making the UWW Cadet Nationals finals in freestyle were Carson Manville (Shakopee, Minn.) at 58 kg/127 lbs., Peyton Robb (Medford, Minn.) at 69 kg/152 lbs. and Jace Punke (Eureka, Ill.) at 100 kg/220 lbs. All three men also finished in third place on the Greco-Roman side in Akron. Both Robb and Punke have earned multiple All-American finishes and appeared in the Cadet Nationals finals in Fargo, N.D.

Additional Cadet Pan American Team members who have picked up USAW Cadet Nationals All-American honors are Hunter Lewis (Stoughton, Wis.) at 50 kg/110 lbs., Kevon Davenport (Pontiac, Mich.) at 63 kg/138 lbs., Michael O’Malley (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) at 76 kg/167 lbs. and Hunter DeJong (Little Rock, Iowa) at 85 kg/187 lbs.

A double All-American in Akron, Tommy Curran (Warrenville, Ill.) will man the 42 kg/92 lbs. weight class for the U.S.

Nine U.S. women fill the Cadet Pan American lineup, with all nine owning second-place finishes from the UWW Cadet Women’s Nationals held in Irving, Texas.

Leading the U.S. women into action is 2016 Cadet World bronze medalist Macey Kilty (Stratford, Wis.) at 60 kg/132 lbs. Kilty was a gold medalist at the Klippan Lady Open held in Klippan, Sweden, and a double champion at the USAW Cadet and Junior Girls Folkstyle Nationals this year.

2017 Junior World Team member Cameron Guerin (Yakima, Wash.) will compete at 52 kg/114 lbs. this weekend. Guerin was a double finalist in Fargo, N.D. last summer, winning the Junior title and finishing second in the Cadet division.

Three-time Fargo finalist and two-time champion Michaela Beck (New York, N.Y.) is set to compete at 56 kg/123 lbs.

Hannah Ramos (Kenosha, Wis.), who was a USAW Cadet Nationals champion in 2016, is slotted in at 65 kg/143 lbs.

Samara Chavez (Arlington, Texas) at 43 kg/94 lbs. and Tiyahna Askew (Lawrenceville, Ga.) at 70 kg/154 lbs. were both USAW Cadet Folkstyle Nationals champions earlier this year.

Past Cadet Freestyle Nationals All-Americans Angel Rios (Arvada, Colo.) at 46 kg/101 lbs. and Tilynne Vasquez (Kalispell, Mont.) at 49 kg/108 lbs., and Kristal Betanzo, Hillsborough, Calif. at 40 kg/88 lbs., round out the list of U.S. women to compete in Argentina.

The Cadet Pan American Championships will be broadcast live to U.S. residents through Complete brackets from the event can also be found on Trackwrestling.

July 7-9 at Buenos Aires, Argentina

Event Schedule (All times local)
Friday, July 7
2 p.m. – Opening ceremony
2:30 p.m. – Greco-Roman competition

Saturday, July 8
2 p.m. – Women’s Freestyle competition

Sunday, July 9
2 p.m. – Men’s Freestyle competition

U.S. Men’s Freestyle/Greco-Roman Roster
42 kg/92 lbs. – Tommy Curran, Warrenville, Ill. (Gomez WA)
46 kg/101 lbs. – Parker Decker, Keller, Texas (Mile High WC)
50 kg/110 lbs. – Hunter Lewis, Stoughton, Wis. (Team Wisconsin)
54 kg/119 lbs. – King Sandoval, Waldorf, Md. (Team Maryland)
58 kg/127 lbs. – Carson Manville, Shakopee, Minn. (Shakopee Mat Club)
63 kg/138 lbs. – Kevon Davenport, Pontiac, Mich. (Shamrock Select)
69 kg/152 lbs. – Peyton Robb, Medford, Minn. (Pinnacle)
76 kg/167 lbs. – Michael O’Malley, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. (Apex)
85 kg/187 lbs. – Hunter DeJong, Little Rock, Iowa (MWC Wrestling Academy)
100 kg/220 lbs. – Jace Punke, Eureka, Ill. (OS/WN)
Coach – Shawn Charles, Chandler, Ariz.
Coach – Shawn Sheldon, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Team Leader – Zach Ison, Batavia, Ohio
Medical – Bruce Ferratt, Fairfax, Va.
Referee – Matt Fiala, Merrick, N.Y.
Referee – Sam Julian, Schuylkill Haven, Pa.

U.S. Women’s Freestyle Roster

40 kg/88 lbs. – Kristal Betanzo, Hillsborough, Calif. (Coastside Grapplers)
43 kg/94 lbs. – Samara Chavez, Arlington, Texas (Rockstar WC)
46 kg/101 lbs. – Angel Rios, Arvada, Colo. (TNWC)
49 kg/108 lbs. – Tilynne Vasquez, Kalispell, Mont. (Team Montana)
52 kg/114 lbs. – Cameron Guerin, Yakima, Wash. (Team Takedown)
56 kg/123 lbs. – Michaela Beck, New York, N.Y. (Team New York)
60 kg/132 lbs. – Macey Kilty, Stratford, Wis. (Team Wisconsin)
65 kg/143 lbs. – Hannah Ramos, Kenosha, Wis. (Team Wisconsin)
70 kg/154 lbs. – Tiyahna Askew, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Team Georgia)
Coach – Emma Randall, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach – Andrea Yamamoto, Richland, Wash.
Coach – Donnie Stephens, Williamsburg, Ky.