Wrestling freestyle in the 145.5 pound division (66 kg), Bono fell to the eventual Gold Medalist, Geandry Garzon of Cuba, in the second round, 4-1, 2-2, 2-1. He did not allow a point in the third-place match, defeating Peru's Pool Ambrocio, 5-0, 7-0.
Bono, Garzon and Mexico's Ghandi Marquez each received first-round byes. Canada's Haislan Garcia claimed the silver medal.
“I wrestled the best in the world, and I could have won,” Bono said. “I'm pleased with my training, and it was great to get back on the mat. I will make a few adjustments to make sure I am ready for the next competition and train with the goal of making the Olympic Team.”
The bronze medal is the second for Bono at the Pan Am Games, also winning one in 2002.
The second-year Chattanooga coach will continue to train and will compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Bono has already qualified for the Olympic Trails. He will compete again in April at the U.S. Open, and with a title there, would need two wins at the Trials to become a U.S. Olympian.
The 2008 Olympic Games will be held in August in Beijing, China.