Roosevelt's Angel Rios claims wrestling gold at the Cadet Pan Am Games

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Roosevelt's Angel Rios was one of six female wrestlers to claim a gold medal at the Cadet Pan American Championships on July 8.

Girls wrestling has been on the rise in Colorado, but Rios has opted to continue competing against the boys, citing back in February that the competition will make her a better wrestler.

And that approach paid off earlier this month.

"Before we went, there was a 10-day camp we had to go to," she said. "It was long, we had three practices a day, but all the hard work paid off."

Rios recorded three pins and one technical fall in her run to the gold in the 46 kg bracket.