USOEC wins Eduardo Campbell Cup in Panama with three champions and six medalists

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USOEC Greco-Roman team poses together after winning the team title at the Eduardo Campbell Cup in Panama. Photo courtesy of Rob Hermann

United States Olympic Education Center Greco-Roman wrestlers captured a team title and six individual medals this past Sunday (Sept. 29) while competing in Panama City, Panama in the Eduardo Campbell Senior International Cup, Sept. 28-29.

Gold medalists were Alex Sancho of Miami, Fla. (66 kg), Zac Nielsen of Zimmerman, Minn. (84 kg); and Parker Betts of St. Michaels, Minn. (120 kg) 

Silver medalists were Alec Noa of Lombard, Ill. (55 kg), Joseph DeNova from Fortson, Ga. (60 kg) and Tanner Andrews of North Aurora, Ill. (74 kg)

The USOEC finished the event with 57 points. A pre-selected group of Panamanian wrestlers took second with 55 points and the Herrera Province of Panama team followed with 39. Nine teams participated in the event. The USOEC’s six medalists were the most of any team in the tournament.

The USOEC athletes also participated in training while in Panama.

At Panama City, Panama, Sept. 28-29

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Alex Pineda (Preseleccion)
Silver – Alec Noa (USA)
Bronze – Alberto Bazan (Herrera)

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold – Moises Soto (Preseleccion)
Silver – Joey DeNova (USA)
Bronze – Gabriel Munoz (Colon)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Alex Sancho (USA)
Silver – Jhoset Alleyne (Colon)
Bronze – Jonariel Solis (Veraguas)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – Alvis Almendea (Preseleccion)
Silver – Tanner Andrews (USA)
Bronze – Luis Otorola (Costa Rica)

84 kg/185 lbs.
Gold – Zach Nielsen (USA)
Silver – Rambton Aparicio (Preseleccion)
Bronze – Josue Escobar (Code)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold – Roberto Espinoza (Veraguas)
Silver – Ronal Mendez (Costa Rica)
Bronze - Alfredo Caraballo (Colon)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
Gold – Parker Betts (USA)
Silver – Rodolfo White (Preseleccion)
Bronze – Gerardo Aguilar (Code)

Team Standings
1. United States (USEOC), 57 pts.
2. Preseleccion, 55 pts.
3. Herrera, 39 pts.
4. Colon, 38 pts.
5. Veraguas, 25 pts.
6. Chiriqui, 25 pts.
7. Costa Rica, 22 pts.
8. Code, 16 pts.
9. Pima Oeste, 5 pts.

USOEC Greco-Roman placements
55 kg/121 lbs. - Alec Noa, Lombard, Ill., 2nd
60 kg/132 lbs. - Joey DeNova, Fortson, Ga., 2nd
66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Alex Sancho, Miami, Fla., 1st
74 kg/ 163 lbs. - Tanner Andrews, North Aurora, Ill., 2nd
84 kg/185 lbs. -  Zach Nielsen, Zimmerman, Minn., 1st
120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Parker Betts, St. Michael, Minn., 1st