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Seven medal night for Canadian men at the Junior Pan Am Championships

August 19, 2018

FORTELEZA, Brazil – There wasn’t any gold, but the men captured plenty of hardware on the final night of the Junior Pan American Championships.

Ty Bridgwater, Marco Palermo, Hunter Lee and Aly Barghout each earned silver medals, while Connor McNeice, Gunnar Sales and Richard Deschatelets brought home bronze.

Bridgwater, of the Brock Wrestling Club, was the closest to winning gold, holding a 10-9 lead with 18 seconds to go in the 74 kg final. A late takedown and failed challenge cost him a 12-10 loss to USA’s Jeremiah Moody.

Lakehead Wrestling Club’s Palermo fell 0-10 in the 61 kg gold medal match against American Dylan Gregerson. Gregerson also won the Greco-Roman title on Friday.

Lee went three wins and one loss in the 92 kg group to secure silver. Lee, who represents Saskatoon Wrestling Club, won the Senior World Team Non-Olympic Weight Trials in July.

Barghout was the fourth to earn a silver medal on the night. The 125 kg heavyweight Montreal YMHA wrestler finished with a quick technical superiority to finish with three wins and one loss.

McNeice won his 65 kg bronze medal bout to secure another medal for Canada. The Cochrane Cowboy was a Cadet Pan American champion in 2016.

Guelph Wrestling Club’s Sales earned a technical superiority in the 70 kg bronze medal match. Sales make a significant improvement from his eighth-place finish at the Junior Pan American Championships in 2017.

In his first national team performance, Deschatelets captured bronze at 97 kg. The Brock wrestler earned one win and two losses to secure third place.

Connor Pattison of Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the 86 kg round robin. London-Western Wrestling Club’s Brayden Todd also finished just off the podium, at fifth at 57kg.

The seven medals captured by the men brought the Canadian team total to thirteen, beating last year’s total haul of ten.

The men finished second in the team standings, and on Saturday the women finished third.

The junior team will shift its focus now to the Junior World Championships taking place in Slovakia in September.