Photo: 2017 U.S. World Team member and two-time Olympian Ben Provisor in the World Team Trials finals in Las Vegas, Nev. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com.
SALVADOR DA BAHIA, Brazil – The eight U.S. Greco-Roman representatives at the Pan American championships have weighed in and received their draws for Friday’s competition at the Pan American Judo Center.
Olympians Ben Provisor (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) and Robby Smith (Colorado Springs, Colo./New York AC) lead the talented U.S. squad that features five members of this year’s U.S. World Team.
Provisor, a two-time Olympian, will open his tournament at 85 kg/187 lbs. against past Chile Junior World Team member Jose Antonio Moreno Bustos. Provisor secured a spot on his first World Team by winning the U.S. World Team Trials in Las Vegas last week.
Opening with the stiffest U.S. draw is Smith, who will face defending Pan American champion Oscar Pino Hands of Cuba in the first round at 130 kg/286 lbs. Pino Hands finished with a bronze medal at the 2016 Golden Grand Prix and took top prize at the 2017 Granma Cup. Smith has made every U.S. World and Olympic team since 2013, a streak he added to last weekend in Las Vegas.