Smith and Hancock advance to Pan Am Games finals, three others go for Greco bronze

LIMA, Peru – The USA put two Greco-Roman wrestlers into the finals and three others into the bronze match of the 2019 Pan American Games on the first day of action in Lima, Peru.

Only five athletes competed on Wednesday, including Ildar Hafizov, Ellis Coleman, Pat Smith, Joe Rau and G’Angelo Hancock. 2018 World silver medalist Adam Coon is scheduled to compete tomorrow at 130 kg.

Smith and Hancock advanced to the gold-medal matches at 77 kg and 97 kg, respectively.

A two-time World Team member and three-time Pan American champion, Smith recorded two decisive wins in his morning session. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org

Blanc Serving on Team USA Wrestling Coaching Staff at Pan American Games

LIMA, Peru – At this week’s Pan American Games, Team USA will be led by a trio of successful volunteer coaches handpicked by USA Wrestling including new North Dakota State University head assistant wrestling coach Obenson Blanc. Herb House (Greco-Roman), Troy Steiner (women’s freestyle) and Blanc will guide American athletes alongside the U.S. National Team Coaches.

Wrestling at the Pan Am Games begins at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday, Aug. 7, and available on ESPN3. The tournament runs through Saturday, Aug. 10, at Miguel Grau Coliseum.

Prior to making the move to North Dakota State in July 2019, Blanc spent four years at North Carolina State as an assistant coach under the direction of Pat Popolizio.

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Pat Smith Set for Pan American Games

Former Gophers grappler Pat Smith is set to compete for USA Wrestling at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru, on Wednesday, August 7.

Smith will compete at 77kg (~170lbs) in Greco-Roman wrestling after previously winning the same competition three times between 2015 and 2017. His tournament kicks off on Wednesday morning with the finals coming later that same day.

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Two-time All-American Austin Marsden Named NDSU Assistant Coach

FARGO, N.D. — Former Oklahoma State All-American wrestler Austin Marsden has been named assistant wrestling coach at North Dakota State University. NDSU head wrestling coach Roger Kish made the announcement today.

Marsden, a native of Crystal Lake, Ill., served as an assistant coach at the University of Buffalo from 2017 to 2019. He helped to develop Bulls’ heavyweight Jake Gunning into an NCAA qualifier during his stay.

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Former coach, wife plead guilty to misdemeanor charges

A former Waconia wrestling coach and his wife have both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after a state Department of Education investigation into allegations that the coach had improperly provided medication to a member of the wrestling team.

Kelly Wagener – former head wrestling coach at Waconia High School – and his wife, Jonie, both entered guilty pleas to misdemeanor charges of distributing a legend drug. Both Wageners received 1 year of probation, 40 hours of community service and were required to write a letter of apology to both the athlete that was given the medication and the entire wrestling team. Kelly Wagener is also prohibited from coaching or being in a position of authority over minors, according to court documents. Continue reading at www.hometownsource.com