The 2020 Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament concluded today with the men’s freestyle events. The two finalists of each event qualified to the Olympics. The Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Ottawa, Canada from March 13th to March 15th 2020.
Both Cuba and the United States were the top nations as they obtained three quotas each. For Cuba, 2018 World Championships bronze medalist Alejandro Valdes (-65kg), Geandry Garzon (-74kg) and Reineris Salas (-97kg) obtained quotas while for the United States it was Thomas Gilman (-57kg), David Taylor (-86kg) and Nick Gwiazdowski (-125kg) whom qualified. Along with their two quotas obtained at the 2019 World Championships, the United States will compete in 5/6 men’s freestyle events.
The only event in which the United States failed to qualify in was the men’s -65kg event where Argentina’s Agustin Destribats pinned Zain Retherford during the semi-finals. Canada obtained two quotas thanks to the performances of Jordan Steen and Amar Dhesi in the -97kg and -125kg events respectively. Also qualifying their nation to the Olympics were Colombia’s Oscar Tigreros (-57kg), Peru’s Pool Ambrocio (-86kg) and Puerto Rico’s Franklin Gomez (-74kg).
Across the three days, it was the United States who obtained the most quotas with eleven while Cuba was right behind with ten quotas obtained. In total ten nations obtained at least one quota. Unqualified Pan American nations will have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics via the World Qualification Tournament to be held later this year.