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Trumbull’s Neiva finishes third at Pan-American U17 championships

Representing Brazil, Trumbull’s Tyler Neiva, left, finished third at the UWW U17 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic on Saturday. Above, Neiva in the Class LL final in February.

Trumbull’s Tyler Neiva finished third at the United World Wrestling’s (UWW) Pan-American U-17 wrestling championship meet in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic over the weekend.

Neiva, wrestling for Brazil, finished third at 71 kilograms (156 pounds) in boys freestyle with a 10-0 win by technical fall over Guatemala’s Angel Catalan Martinez.

Neiva began the tournament with a 15-6 win over Chile’s Santiago Valenzuela Mendez before dropping a 6-0 loss to Mexico’s Sergio Espinoza Muniz.  American Joseph Jeter from Oklahoma won the weight class with a 10-0 win by technical fall over Espinoza Muniz.

Neiva wrestled for Trumbull High last winter and finished second at the Class LL championships and FCIAC championship meet at 157 pounds while taking fifth at the State Open.

Pan-Am U-17 Championships
At Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Men’s Freestyle Results
Team results — 1. United States, 215; 2. Canada, 141; 3. Puerto Rico, 140; 4. Peru, 95; 5. Dominican Republic, 72; 6. Mexico, 67; 7. Guatemala, 61; 8. Brazil, 59; 9. Venezuela, 54; 10. Ecuador, 36

71 kg
Gold – Joseph Jeter (United States)
Silver – Sergio Espinoza Muniz (Mexico)
Bronze – Kawayran Vazquez Jr (Puerto Rico)
Bronze – Tyler Silva Neiva (Brazil)
5th – Anthony Molina Rubio (Peru)
5th – Angel Catalan Martinez (Guatemala)
7th – Jose Diaz (Dominican Republic)
8th – Santiago Valenzuela Mendez (Chile)
9th – Daniel Tejeda Rivera (Honduras)

Final results
Gold – Joseph Jeter (United States) tech. fall Sergio Espinoza Muniz (Mexico), 10-0
Bronze – Kawayran Vazquez Jr (Puerto Rico) tech. fall Anthony Molina Rubio (Peru), 10-0
Bronze – Tyler Silva Neiva (Brazil) tech. fall Angel Catalan Martinez (Guatemala), 10-0

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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