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USOEC wrestlers shine in Pan Am Junior Championships

June 15, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - A current U.S. Olympic Education Center wrestler and two recruits helped Team USA win titles in both Greco-Roman and freestyle competition at the 2012 Pan American Junior Championships June 6-9 in Peten Guatemala.

USOEC recruit Ramon Moreno (Miami Lakes, Fla.) pocketed a silver medal in both Greco-Roman and freestyle.

He captured his silver in Greco-Roman at 50 kilograms by defeating Oscar Lopez of Guatemala, 0-4, 1-1, 1-2.

Moreno claimed his freestyle medal by beating Aheed Lakani of Canada, 4-2, 3-1.

"(Moreno) is very energetic and is eager to keep getting better," USOEC head coach Rob Hermann said.

Isaiah Verona of Homestead, Fla., another USOEC recruit, placed fifth at 55-kg in Greco-Roman. He also posted a third in freestyle by beating Lucas Pavon of Argentina by a pin.

Meanwhile, USOEC wrestler and Northern Michigan University sophomore Nick Alvarez of Homestead, Fla., also earned points for Team USA by placing fifth at 66-kg in Greco-Roman competition.

"We've got great recruits coming in here," Hermann said, "and I was happy to see all three of these guys attend the competition.

"All three paid their own expenses to make the trip to gain more international experience."



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