GUATEMALA CITY – UNC Greensboro sophomore Daren Burns won a bronze medal in men’s freestyle at the 20th annual Pan American Wrestling Championship. Burns was selected by USA Wrestling to represent the United States in the competition that took place April 28-April 30 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
“Being part of an event with such an elite group of wrestlers and do as well as he did is an incredible achievement for Daren,” said UNCG head wrestling coach Tom Shifflet. “His confidence level should be much greater next season.”
“Sometimes just being around world class competition can bring an athlete to new heights. Daren rose to the occasion and showed off the skills it took to bring home a medal,” said Shifflet. ”It will be a trip that he will not soon forget.
Burns got off to a good start with a win in his first match over Jose Villalobos (Venezuala) 1-0; 1-0. He lost his second match to the eventual gold medalist Michel Batista (Cuba) 0-4; 2-3, but in his final match, Burns tied Arnulfo Hernandez (Columbia) 0-1, 1-0, 1-1 to garner the bronze in the 96 kilogram (211.5 pounds) weight class
Burns, the native of Catawba, NC, completed the 2004-05 season with a 30-6 record for the Spartans. Burns claimed his second Southern Conference title in as many years at the 197-pound weight class, and reached the quarterfinal round at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, MO.
Burns, an All-SoCon selection this season, also captured his weight class at the 2004 Southern Scuffle. In addition, he finished with a team-high ten pins and was the only Spartan to go undefeated in SoCon bouts.
USA Wrestling is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of amateur wrestling in the United States.
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