Iowa's Brooks to wrestle in Junior Pan Ams

BY CODY GOODWIN | JULY 03, 2013 5:00 AM

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Hawkeye wrestler Sam Brooks was named to the FILA Junior Team that will compete at the 2013 FILA Junior Pan American Championships. The competition will take place in Santiago, Chile, from July 12-14.

Brooks will wrestle freestyle for the United States at 84 kilograms (185 pounds). He is the only member of the men’s team who will wrestle only freestyle — every other member of the team will wrestle both freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Wrestling at Brooks’ weight for the Greco-Roman competition will be Payne Hayden of St. Joseph, Mich.

The athletes selected to the men’s team were chosen because of their successful showing at the FILA Junior World Team Trials in Stillwater, Okla., last month, as well as the FILA Junior National Championships in Las Vegas in April.

Brooks clinched a spot on the team after winning his way through the 84-kilo Challenge Tournament, then sweeping top-seeded Vic Avery in the final series. Brooks also placed fourth at 2013 FILA Junior Nationals.

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