The Ecuadorian Andrés Montaño is a two-time Pan American wrestling champion, in the Greco-Roman modality. On August 7, 2019, in the Miguel Grau del Callao Coliseum, he defeated the Colombian Dicther Toro, in the 60 kg division of the Pan American Games.
This is the fifth gold medal for Ecuador and the 19th in these games. In addition, he is the first Ecuadorian champion who revalidates the title achieved four years ago in Toronto 2015.
He started practicing wrestling when he was 8 years old. He did it in a gym in the Venice neighborhood, in Esmeraldas, which was an alternative for young people because of the social problems in the streets of that popular sector. He took it as a children’s game, because he says: “I really liked wrestling.”
Currently, Andrés Montaño’s training consists of three daily sessions, which include weights to strengthen the muscles and gym to improve technique and movements.
Since the Olympic Games are upcoming, Montaño will work these nine months to achieve his classification for Tokyo 2020.
Source: Comercio and El Universo