EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Former Spartan National Champion Franklin Gomez will be wrestling for Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France. Gomez will be in action on Saturday, Aug. 26 in the 65 kg. weight class for Puerto Rico.
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Gomez wrestled at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, advancing to the quarterfinals, before suffering a controversial defeat in a heartbreaking loss to Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan.
Gomez competed in the 2012 London Olympics for Puerto Rico in the 60 kg. freestyle division. He wrestled at Michigan State from 2005-10 and was the 133-pound National Champion in 2009, a two-time Big Ten Champion (2008, 2009), and a three-time All-American (2008, 2009, 2010).
Other notable international finishes for Gomez include winning the 65 kg. freestyle weight class at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 60 kg. freestyle division at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games, and placing second in freestyle at 60 kg. at the 2011 World Wrestling championships. Gomez also earned the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario.