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Three Americans win Pan Am gold medals

Tamyra Mensah-Stock from USA celebrates after winning the women’s freestyle 68 kg final against Olivia Di Bacco from Canada at the Pan American Games Friday in Lima, Peru. (Photo Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini / Lima 2019)

Three American wrestlers brought home gold medals during the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Friday.

World Team member Daton Fix won three matches to win the Pan Am title at 57 kilograms (125 pounds) in his first senior-level tournament in freestyle. In the finals, Fix beat Juan Ramirez Beltre of the Dominican Republic, who won the Pan Am title in 2011.

In the final, Fix scored scored quickly on a takedown and used two gut wrenches for a 6-0 victory. Shortly after, he picked up another takedown and went right into a trapped-arm gut to close it out 10-0. Fix will compete in the world championships for the United States in September in Kazakhstan.

American Kayla Miracle won the gold medal in women’s freestyle at 62 kg at Friday’s Pan American Games in Peru. (Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini / Lima 2019)

Americans Kayla Miracle and Tamyra Mensah-Stock both went 6-0 in the women’s freestyle tournament to capture gold medals.

Miracle beat Colombia’s Jackeline Renteria Castillo, 12-0 for the gold medal at 62 kg (136 pounds). Miracle used a crade for a takedown and two tilts to race out to an early 7-0 lead. Castillo won bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Mensah-Stock beat Canada’s Olivia DiBacco for the championship with a pin in 2:17 in her final at 68 kg (149 pounds). Mensah-Stock won three matches with a tech fall and two pins to capture the gold medal.

Daton Fix from USA celebrates after winning the men’s freestyle title at 57 kg at the Pan American Games. (Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini / Lima 2019)


Amercian Tamyra Mensah-Stock, right, battles Canadian Olivia Di Bacco from Canada, left, during the women’s freestyle final at 68 kg at the Pan American Games on Friday. (Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini / Lima 2019)

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