U.S. Wins Two Golds in Greco-Roman
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) _ Champions Dennis Hall and Matt Lindblad led a U.S. parade to the medal stand Sunday night in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Pan American Games.
All eight American wrestlers won medals, collecting two golds, four silvers and two bronzes. It was the seventh straight time the United States won medals in every weight class at the Pan Am Games.
Hall claimed his second Pan Ams gold medal when he pinned Roberto Monzon of Cuba in 2 minutes, 39 seconds at 58 kilograms. That topped off an outstanding day for Hall, who pinned Canada’s Mike Francis in 2:44 in the semifinals.
In the finals, Hall was trailing 2-0 when he stepped over an attempted gut wrench by Monzon and suddenly pinned him. Hall also won a gold medal at the 1995 Pan Am Games and was the Olympic silver medalist in 1996.
``We are good friends with the Cubans, but it is war when we wrestle,″ Hall said. ``He’s a tough competitor. I beat him, but not soundly.″
Lindblad took the gold at 76 kilograms with an 8-1 victory over Cuba’s Filberto Azcuy, the 1996 Olympic champion. Azcuy defeated Lindblad 7-3 at a meet in California two months ago.
``I just wrestled six of that hardest minutes of my life,″ Lindblad said.
Cubans won the gold medal in the six other weight classes and got a silver in the two others.
The United States’ silver medalists were David Zuniga (69 kilograms), Quincey Clark (85 kilograms), Jason Klohs (97 kilograms) and Dremiel Byers (130 kilograms). Steven Mays (54 kilograms) and Glenn Nieradka (63 kilograms) won bronze medals.