Kayla Miracle with the American flag after winning gold at the Pan American Games (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
LIMA, Peru -- Four wrestlers took the mat for the United States on Friday at the Pan American Games. All four left with medals, three being gold.
Kayla Miracle (62 kilograms) and Tamyra Mensah-Stock (68 kilograms) captured gold medals in women's wrestling. Daton Fix won gold in freestyle, while Jaydin Eierman earned a bronze.
Miracle was dominant throughout the tournament. After getting a pair of falls in her first two matches, she cruised to a 12-0 technical superiority in the finals at 62 kilograms over two-time Olympic medalist Jackeline Renteria Castillo of Colombia.
Tamyra Mensah gets in on a shot in her finals match (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Mensah-Stock, a returning world bronze medalist, claimed her gold medal at 68 kilograms by getting a first-period fall over Olivia DiBacco of Canada. She was unscored upon in her first two matches, getting a 12-0 technical superiority and a fall in the semifinals over Mexico's Ambar Garnica Flores.
Pan American Games gold medalist Daton Fix with the other medalists at 57 kilograms (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Fix was impressive throughout the competition, capping off his gold-medal run at 57 kilograms with an 11-0 technical superiority over Juan Ramirez Beltre of the Dominican Republic. He scored an early takedown and used two gut wrenches to go up 6-0. A short time later, Fix picked up his second takedown of the match, which he followed up with a gut wrench to close out the victory. Earlier in the day, Fix had wins over Brazil's Daniel Alves Do Nascimento (10-0) and Cuba's Reineri Andreu Ortega (4-1).
Eierman bounced back from a first-round loss to Cuba's Alejandro Valdes Tobier to win a bronze medal at 65 kilograms. He defeated Argentina's Augustin Destribats 15-4 in the bronze-medal match. After Eierman jumped out to an 8-0 lead, Destribats scored with a four-point throw to make the score 8-4. But the American earned a reversal and then used a leg lace to finish off the technical superiority.
Saturday marks the final day of the Pan American Games wrestling competition, with the final four freestyle weight classes being contested.