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JUDO: USA Judo Senior National Championships Day 2 Finals List

April 12, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release April 12, 2008 Contact: Nicole Jomantas, 719.271.9937 (cell) Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us (Virginia Beach, Va.)-The following is the list of players competing in the gold and medal finals during the final day of competition at the USA Judo Senior National Championships on Saturday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Finals begin at 5 p.m. EST. Bronze medal matches will be played simultaneously on Mats #2 , 3, followed by the Gold Medal Mat #3. Among the athletes fighting for gold are the following players: - Sayaka Matsumoto (El Cerrito, Calif. / NYAC / East Bay Judo Institute / 48kg), four-time Pan American medalist - Taraje Williams-Murray (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE / 60kg), four-time National Champion and 2004 Olympian - Marti Malloy (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University / 57kg), ninth-place finisher at the 2007 World Championships in the 63kg division - Chuck Jefferson (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University / 73kg), two-time Pan American Champion The division finalist list, in order, is as follows: Women's Open Bronze Medal Mat 2 Suzi Rizek (Chicago, Ill, / Fox Valley Judo , Jujitsu) vs. Melinda Swanson (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri) Bronze Medal Mat 3 Natalie Laurson (Livermore, Calif. / Amador Judo) vs. Andi Bongert (Dubuque, Iowa / Sioux City Judo) Gold Medal Mat 3 Ashlie Martini (Chicago, Ill. / Tohkon / Victorious Judo) vs. Zarife Ivascu (Chicago, Ill. / Tohkon) Men's Open Bronze Medal Mat 2 Robert Turnquest (Honolulu, Hawaii / Kamehameha Judo Club) vs. David Bleeker (Pekin, Ill. / Canton Judo Club) Bronze Medal Mat 3 Vugar Gasimov (Clemson, S.C. / Charlottesville Judo Academy) vs. Anthony Noli (Tucson, Ariz. / Tucson Dojo) Gold Medal Mat 3 Kyle Vashkulat (Glenville, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) vs. Majemite Omagbaluwage (Chicago, Ill. / Tohkon Judo) Women 48kg Bronze Medal Mat 2 Angela Creutzberger (Ballston, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) vs. Kayla Hall (Granite City, Ill. / USA Stars) Bronze Medal Mat 3 Diana Yoshida (Dallas, Texas / Dallas Judo) vs. Katelyn Bouyssou (Hope, R.I. / Mayo Quanchi Judo) Gold Medal Mat 3 Natalie Lafon (Glenville, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) vs. Sayaka Matsumoto (El Cerrito, Calif. / NYAC / East Bay Judo Institute) Men's 55kg Bronze Medal Mat 2 Corwin Learned (El Granada, Calif. / Cahill's Judo) vs. Keith Beauvais (Thornton, Colo. / Northglenn Judo) Bronze Medal Mat 3 Matt Dong (San Jose, Calif. / San Jose Buddhist Judo Club) vs. Alex Shustorovich (Marlboro, N.J. / Camal Judo) Gold Medal Mat 3 Hiram Cruz (Jacksonville, Fla. / Jacksonville Ryu Judo) vs. Steve Perez (Miami, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami) Women's 52kg Bronze Medal Mat 2 Christina Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri) vs. Tara Clark (Livermore, Calif. / Amador Judo) Bronze Medal Mat 3 Melinda Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri) vs. Nicki Schultheis (Glenville, Ill. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) Gold Medal Mat 3 Ann Shirasihi (Elk Grove, Calif. / East Bay Judo Institute) vs. Tracy Nagai (Bellevue, Wash. / Budokan Judo) Men's 60kg Bronze Medal Mat 2 Daniel Gomez (College Station, Texas / Texas A,M Judo) vs. Jeff Sato (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) Bronze Medal Mat 3 Jeff Fujimoto (Los Angeles, Calif. / Sawtelle Judo) vs. Aaron Kunihiro (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE) Gold Medal Mat 3 Nick Kossor (Glenville, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) vs. Taraje Williams-Murray (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE) Women's 57kg Bronze Medal Mat 2 Anna Palmer (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) vs. Heidy Arias (Hialeah, Fla. / Budokan Judo) Bronze Medal Mat 3 Hana Carmichael (Wellington, Fla. / Budokan Judo) vs. Michelle Hagerty (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) Gold Medal Mat 3 Marti Malloy (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University) vs. Angelica Delgado (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami) Men's 66kg Bronze Medal Mat 2 Daniel Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri) vs. Josh O'Neil (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) Bronze Medal Mat 3 Joseph Hashimoto (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University) vs. Jeremy Liggett (Glenville, N.Y. / NYAC / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) Gold Medal Mat 3 Nate Torra (El Cerrito, Calif. / NYAC / East Bay Judo Institute) vs. Kenny Hashimoto (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University) Men's 73kg Bronze Medal Mat 2 RJ Cohen (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Cohen's Judo) vs. Justin Flores (Glenville, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) Bronze Medal Mat 3 Michael Eldred (Fruitland, Idaho / Western Idaho Judo Institute) vs. Nick Delpopolo (Glenville, N.Y. / NYAC / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center) Gold Medal Mat 3 Chuck Jefferson (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University) vs. Bobby Lee (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE) For more information, contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Judo Director of Communications and Media Relations, at 719.271.9937 (cell) or Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us. -END-
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