Thursday afternoon did notÂ go as planned for wrestlerÂ Charles Thoms of Fredericton, whoÂ lost in the quarterfinals andÂ bronze medal match in 130 kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the Pan Am Games.
But it wasn't all approximately the results for Thoms.
"It was pretty surreal. I've never seen a crowd like that," said Thoms. "It was tremendous to know the support was there."
ThomsÂ firstÂ took on Andres Ayub of Chile, who took aÂ quick lead in the quarterfinal match. WhenÂ Ayub had a 6-2 leadÂ Thoms' coach thought a mistake was made in the judging, so he challenged the call. Since the judge found that he had made the right call, Ayub received another point.
"I was in it. I had him on his back, & I was really close to the pin," said Thoms.Â
The pin would have given him the automatic win, yet he couldn't complete it off. At the end of the first round, Ayub led 9-2.
The second round was over quickly,Â and AyubÂ won 10-2.Â
"The score didn't reflect how close that match was. I was less than an inch away from pinning that guy," said Thoms.Â
Â Thoms then competed in the bronze medal match, where he lost 2-0 to Josue Encarnacion of the Dominican Republic.Â
"That was a tough match. I was exhausted after. But win or lose, being in a match like that, that experience is invaluable," said Thoms. Â
Thoms is going to take a few weeks to relax, yet will be back at it soon. He hopesÂ to train for andÂ compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.