MVC Men's Wrestler Competes at Pan-American Games

Posted July 17, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (July 17, 2014)-  Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling student-athlete Kevin Bonilla competed at the Pan-American Games in Mexico City, Mexico Thursday.  Bonilla was representing the country of Honduras at the event.


Bonilla wrestled in the 61kg weight class in the free style division.  In his first match of the event, Bonilla was defeated by Jefferson Mayea of Ecuador in a 12-1 decision in the quarterfinal round.  Due to the structure of the tournament, Bonilla needed Mayea to advance to the championship match in order to wrestle in the consolation bracket, but Mayea was defeated and Bonilla wrestled just the one match.


“Kevin is getting a great international experience by representing Honduras in the senior level pan am games,” said Men’s Wrestling Head Coach Mike Machholz.  “The senior level pan am games are very tough and are a weight class qualifying event for the Olympics, so there is a lot of pressure from the national level to do well.”


Bonilla will continue representing Honduras later this summer when he competes at the Junior World Championships in Croatia Aug. 5-10 in the 55kg weight class.


“We are expecting him to make a very strong push for the starting spot next season at 125 or 133 pounds and this training and competition will only make him better,” said Machholz.  “He is experiencing competition which can help with dealing with the pressures involved when it comes to performing for MVC.”


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