The athletic school year is over, but many McMaster Marauder athletes are performing on the world stage.

One of those student-athletes is wrestler Connor Quinton who excelled over the winter months for Mac. Recently he continued to show off his outstanding mat skills while suiting up for Team Canada in Guatemala.

The OUA gold and U Sports bronze medalist from Kingston, Ontario, who was a finalist for McMaster’s Ivor Wynne Award after his second season as a Marauder, picked up a bronze medal at the Junior Pan-American Wrestling Championships which were held in Guatemala City, Guatemala between June 5 and 7.

Quinton defeated Brazil’s Vincius Da Silva, dominating the quarterfinal match in the freestyle 70kg weight class. He would take the bout 20-7, ending it with a pin. However, he was unable to get anything going in the semifinals against Mexico’s Diego Antonio Sandoval Zarco, who downed Quinton 11-0 by technical superiority.

The Marauder bounded back to come out on top of a dramatic bronze medal match with Columbia’s Jhoan Sebastian Serna Rodriguez.

The Canadian jumped out to an 8-3 lead on points midway through the first round and was forced onto the defensive in the second. He did well to turn Serna Rodriguez aside until the final moments of the bout.

With a few second left, the Columbian scored to tie the match at eight before Quinton reversed position and grabbed a single point with five ticks left on the clock to seal the victory.

The podium finish by Quinton helped Canada to a second-place finish overall in the team standings at the freestyle event, behind only the United States.