Nov 22, 2019
Photo courtesy USA Wrestling.

Assistant coach wins gold in Argentina

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.

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