Ismael Borrero has emerged as a champion in the sport. Photo: Endrys Correa Vaillant

Cuba’s Greco-Roman wrestlers will compete in the Pan American Games with special motivation, given the presence within their ranks of Mijaín López, the national delegation’s leader who will carry the flag during the Games´ inauguration and serve as an ambassador. He will hit the mat in Callao’s sports Villa seeking his fifth gold medal.

The Cuban delegation will travel to Lima with representatives in six divisions, with a well defined goal: win a greater number of medals than they did in Toronto 2015. On that occasion, Cuba’s wrestlers won two gold medals (Mijaín López, in the 130 kg, and Yasmany Lugo, 98) and a pair of bronze (Miguel Martínez, 66 kg, and Alan Vera, 85). This time, the team’s goal is to contribute at least three titles, and six other medals.

Luis de la Portilla, national wrestling commissioner, announced that in order to achieve this goal, a clear plan was developed, "Athletes are focused on being in optimal condition. At this time,t the Greco group is in a training camp in Pinar del Río, and beginning July 14, the last phase of preparation for Peru will begin, a perfect opportunity to adapt to competition conditions."

Mijaín López and Ismael Borrero are the main favorites in the classic style. Daniel Gregorich in the 87 kg, second place in the sub-23 juvenile category, also has good prospects for gold. Reviewing Cuba’s results in the last Pan American Championship held in Argentina is encouraging, given the performances of figures like Luis Orta in the 60 kilograms, Yosvany Peña (77), and Gabriel Rosillo (97), all with gold in Buenos Aires.Wrestling is one of the Cuban disciplines which has won more than 200 medals in continental multi-sport events. Greco-Roman wrestlers have made the greatest contributor, with 59 gold medals, in addition to 19 silver, and 11 bronze; a total that can be increased substantially with the expected contribution on the mats in Callao, August 7-8.