Matt Gentry Set to Compete at 2006 Pan-American Championships

June 1, 2006

Stanford volunteer coach and 2004 NCAA Champion Matt Gentry will represent Canada this weekend at the 2006 Pan-American Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The U.S. men's freestyle and Greco-Roman teams are scheduled to compete on June 2-3. Men's freestyle and Greco-Roman athletes at the Pan Ams will compete at 60 kg/132 pounds, 74 kg/163 pounds and 96 kg/211.5 pounds on June 2. Athletes in both styles will compete in the other four classes - 55 kg/121 pounds, 66 kg/145.5 pounds, 84 kg/185 pounds and 120 kg/264.5 pounds.

Gentry qualified to represent Canada at the Pan Ams in early May, as he posted a 4-0 record en route to the 74 kg title at the 2006 Canadian Senior Championship on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

Gentry, representing Independent British Columbia, is a dual citizen with the United States and Canada and is also eligible to represent Canada in the 2006 World Wrestling Championships, which will be held in Guangzhou, China, Sept. 26 - Oct. 1.

The Pan American Championships are held each year, and this is a wrestling only event. The Pan American Games happens every four years and is a multi-sport event. The next Pan Am Games are in 2007 in Brazil.

PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, JUNE 1

6:30-7 p.m. - Weigh-ins - Greco-Roman and freestyle, 60 kg, 74 kg, 96 kg

FRIDAY, JUNE 2
9 a.m.-1 p.m. - Elimination rounds, Greco-Roman and freestyle, 60 kg, 74 kg, 96 kg
2:30-3 p.m. - Weigh-ins, Greco-Roman and freestyle: 55 kg, 66 kg, 84 kg, 120 kg
6-7 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
7-9 p.m. - Finals, Greco-Roman and freestyle, 60 kg, 74 kg, 96 kg

SATURDAY, JUNE 3
9 a.m.-1 p.m. - Elimination rounds, Greco-Roman and freestyle, 55 kg, 66 kg, 84 kg, 120 kg
2:30-3 p.m. - Weigh-ins, women's freestyle, 48 kg, 51 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg
6-8 p.m. - Finals, Greco-Roman and freestyle, 55 kg, 66 kg, 84 kg, 120 kg

SUNDAY, JUNE 4
9 a.m.-1 p.m. - Elimination rounds, women's freestyle, 48 kg, 51 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg
5-7 p.m. - Finals, women's freestyle, 48 kg, 51 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 63 kg, 67 kg, 72 kg
9 p.m. - Official banquet

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