Former Oklahoma State wrestler Alex Dieringer won bronze at the Pan-American Championships in men’s freestyle at 86 kilograms with a 11-1 win by technical superiority against Colombia’s Carlos Izquierdo Mendez on Monday in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Dieringer build a 6-0 lead on two takedowns and a tilt before Mendez and Dieringer exchanged push out points for a 7-1 score at the break. The former Cowboy scored a takedown off Mendez’s shot attempt then added another takedown for the win.
Alex Dieringer (@ringing57) used smothering offense like this to pick up a technical superiority win in his 86-kilogram bronze medal match at the Pan American Championships. pic.twitter.com/iAT68dJoDq— Trackwrestling (@trackwrestling) March 9, 2020
Dieringer, a three NCAA individual champion and 2016 Dan Hodge Trophy winner, went 3-1 in the tournament with his lone loss in the semifinals, 2-1 against 2019 Pan Am Games champion Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta of Cuba. All three points in the match were awarded on passivity when each wrestler did not score while on the shot clock.
Dieringer won his first two bouts with a fall in 2:54 against 2019 Pan Am games runner-up Pedro Ceballo Fuentes of Venezuela and a 9-2 decision over Ethan Ramos of Puerto Rico.
The Pan-American Championships is not an Olympic qualifier tournament.
WIN Pedro Ceballos Fuentes (Venezuela), VFA 2:54
WIN Ethan Ramos (Puerto Rico), 9-2
LOSS Yurieski Torreblanca Queralta (Cuba), 2-1
WIN Carlos Izquierdo Mendez (Colombia), VPO1 11-1