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Burroughs, McCrystal to Compete at Pan-Am Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Former Huskers Jordan Burroughs and Colton McCrystal will compete for Team USA at the 2019 Senior Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which take place April 18-21.


Men’s Freestyle - April 20-21

Both Burroughs (74 kg) and McCrystal (65 kg) will compete in the freestyle brackets with qualification rounds and repechage beginning at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday, April 20. The finals for each weight class begin at 3 p.m. CT.


Buenos Aires, Argentina, is situated one hour ahead of U.S. Eastern Time, so qualification rounds/repachage begins at 10 a.m. local time with the finals set for 5 p.m. local time.


Jordan Burroughs, a four-time World champion and 2012 Olympic champion, will compete at 74 kg. In addition to his four World titles, Burroughs has claimed two other Senior World bronze medals from 2014 and 2018. Burroughs also has two Pan American Championships golds as well as two Pan American Games golds.


A native of Sicklerville, NJ., Burroughs posted a 128-20 career record at Nebraska and captured two national championships. He won the 2009 national title at 157 pounds and the 2011 title at 165 pounds. The former three-time Big 12 champion has won a combined six World and Olympic titles (World titles in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017; Olympic title in 2012).


Colton McCrystal, who wrestled at Nebraska from 2013-17, will compete at 65 kg. In college he posted a career record of 83-36. He wrestled at 133, 141 and 149 pounds throughout his career and qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of his final two years of college. A Sergeant Bluff, Iowa native, McCrystal won 30 of the 44 duals he competed in and finished his college career with 43 bonus-point victories (19 major decisions, 17 pins, 7 technical falls).


McCrystal also repped the USA last fall at the U23 World Championships, where he finished seventh.


Senior Pan American Championships Info:

The tournament serves two big purposes. First, it is a ranking tournament for the 2019 Senior World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, where the points go to the individual, not the country.


Also it is a qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games in August, where only Olympic weights will be contested. The three highest-placing athletes at each weight from countries that have not yet qualified, will earn spots at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Since this event will have two bronze winners, those two will face off for true-third to qualify their nation, if necessary.


The U.S. men’s freestyle team has already qualified all six weights (57 kg, 65 kg, 74 kg, 86 kg, 97 kg, 125 kg) for the 2019 Pan Am Games.


According to the 2019 USA Wrestling World Team Trials Qualification and Procedures for men’s freestyle, any U.S. representatives that medal at the Pan American Championships in men’s freestyle will earn a bid to the World Team Trials in May in Raleigh, N.C.


The men’s freestyle tournament will close the Pan American Championships on April 20-21. Greco-Roman opens the event on April 18-19, followed by women’s freestyle on April 19-20.


Fans can watch all the action live on and keep up with live updates on Twitter @USAWrestling.




U.S. Men’s Freestyle Roster:
57 kg: Josh Rodriguez (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC)
61 kg: Joe Colon (Fresno, Calif./Titan Mercury WC/Valley RTC)
65 kg: Colton McCrystal (Lincoln, Neb./Nebraska WTC)
70 kg: Anthony Ashnault (South Plainfield, N.J./NJRTC)
74 kg: Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids)
79 kg: Chandler Rogers (Stillwater, Okla./Titan Mercury WC/Cowboy RTC)
86 kg: David Taylor (State College, Pa./Nittany Lion WC)
92 kg: J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Titan Mercury WC/USOTC)
97 kg: Kyle Snyder (Columbus, Ohio/Titan Mercury WC/Ohio RTC)
125 kg: Nick Gwiazdowksi (Raleigh, N.C./Titan Mercury WC)


National Freestyle Head Coach – Bill Zadick, Colorado Springs, Colo.
National Manager of Freestyle Programs – Joe Russell, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach – Kerry McCoy, College Park, Md.


Schedule: (All times central)


Thursday, April 18 
8 a.m. – Qualification rounds (GR 55-60-63-67-72-97-130kg)
2:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
3 p.m. – Finals (GR 55-60-63-67-72-97-130kg)


Friday, April 19
8 a.m. – Qualification rounds (GR 77-82-87kg & WW 55-59-65-72kg)
3 p.m. – Finals (GR 77-82-87kg & WW 55-59-65-72kg)


Saturday, April 20
8 a.m. – Qualification rounds (WW 50-53-57-62-68-76kg & FS 79-92kg)
3 p.m. – Finals (WW 50-53-57-62-68-76kg & FS 79-92kg)


Sunday, April 21
8 a.m. – Qualification rounds (FS – 57-61-65-70-74-86-97-125kg)
3 p.m. – Finals (FS – 57-61-65-70-74-86-97-125kg)


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