Fresno State wrestling is continuing its dominance even after the season has ended. Volunteer assistant Joe Colon won a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Championships on Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, according to a Fresno State Athletics news release.
The 134.5-pound Colon went 3-0 on Sunday to garner his second Pan American title by beating Canada’s Scott Schiller in a 10-0 win in the finals, taking control of most of the match by applying his signature gut wrench to tally three turns.
The path to the championship was a steady one as the Clear Lake, Iowa, native defeated 2018 World champion Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez of Cuba, 9-3, in the first round, and Juan Rodriguez Jovel of El Salvador, 10-0 on his way to the finals.
Colon was a part of history, as the USA team claimed gold in all 10 weight divisions in the championships, marking the first time in the history of the event that a team finished undefeated and first as a team with 250 points earned.
Colon will have a tough opponent at the upcoming Beat the Streets competition in the form of 2019 NCAA 133-pound champion Nick Suriano of Rutgers on May 6 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
Suriano became Rutgers’ first national wrestling champion on March 23 at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, capping the junior’s second-straight appearance in the finals in a season which included a Big Ten championship, a 29-3 overall record and second-straight All-American honors.
Colon’s gold medal on Sunday qualifies him for the 2019 Pan American Games hosted in Lima, Peru, on Aug. 7-10.