Wrestling: Iowa's Brooks chosen for Junior Pan Am

Hawkeyes red-shirt freshman also earned spot on U.S. Junior World Championship team

The University of Iowa's Sam Brooks earned another opportunity to represent the United States. Just weeks after claiming the 84 kg spot for the U.S. in the FILA Junior World Championships in September, Brooks was selected to compete in the the FILA Junior Pan American Championships in Santiago, Chile, on July 14.

The Junior Pan Am†Championships consists of wrestlers from 17 to 20 years old, who reside in North, Central and South America.

Brooks red-shirted last season and will be considered a red-shirt freshman next season. He will be joined by classmate and teammate Thomas Gilman in the Junior World Championships. Gilman won the 55 kg spot last month at the Junior World Team Trials in Stillwater, Okla.

Below is the news release from the UI:


Brooks selected for Junior Pan Am Championships

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa wrestler Sammy Brooks will represent the United States at the 2013 FILA Junior Pan American Championships in Santiago, Chile, on July 14. The event features athletes 17-20 years old competing for nations in North, Central and South America.

Brooks will wrestle at 84 kg on the menís freestyle team. Athletes were selected to the team based on their performances at the FILA Junior World Team Trials, and the FILA Junior National Championships.

Brooks, who will be a redshirt freshman for the Hawkeyes in 2013-14, won the 84 kg title at the Junior World Team Trials. He battled through the challenge tournament before sweeping top-seeded Vic Avery in the finals. He also placed fourth at the FILA Junior Nationals.

The FILA Junior Pan American Championships is the first of two international events Brooks will compete in this summer. He and classmate Thomas Gilman, who won the 2013 Junior World Team Trials at 55 kg, will represent Team USA at the Junior World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Aug. 13-18.

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