JUDO: Taketa and Shadden Win Gold at Pan American Junior Championships

April 15, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release April 15, 2008 Contact: Nicole Jomantas, 719.271.9937 (cell) Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us (Colorado Springs, Colo.)-Kyle Taketa (Torrance, Calif. / Gardena Judo) earned both a gold medal and Fair Player of the Tournament honors on Thursday at the Pan American Junior Championships in the 15-16-year-old 60kg division in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Although only 16, Taketa is a veteran of Pan American events who won the bronze medal as one of the youngest competitors at the Senior Pan American Championships as a 55kg player in 2007. Taketa threw his first opponent from the Dominican Republic for ippon. In his next match, Taketa and an Argentinean went through both the regulation and overtime period without and score and Taketa won by referee decision. Taketa came back in the last nine seconds of the next match to throw a Brazilian with a te garuma (hand wheel through) for a yuko (quarter-point) score. He ended the tournament with a victory by ippon (instant win) over a player from Uruguay whom he threw with a drop seoi nage (dropping shoulder throw). Kadee Shadden (Dallas, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo) also won gold to place first in the 15-16-year-old 70kg division, throwing a Venezuelan player in the first match for ippon with a harai goshi (hip throw) and won her next match by a penalty. The following players also competed in the 15-16-year-old division: Silver - Andrew Porras (Hialeah, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami / 73kg) Bronze - Kiana Abellara (Los Angeles, Calif. / Sawtelle Judo / 44kg) - Lydia Au (Chicago, Ill. / Tohkon / 57kg) - Laquinta Allen (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. / Onikusu Judo Club / +70kg) - Joshua Prado (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami / 51kg) - Steve Perez (Miami, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami / 55kg) - Max Wessell (Boulder, Colo. / Boulder Judo Training Center / 81kg) Fifth Place - Ruben Martin (Mineral Wells, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo / 66kg) - Kayla Martin (Evansville, Ind. / 63kg) Gabrielle Denu (Aberdeen, Md. / College Park Judo / 48kg) also competed, but did not place. Competition on Friday featured the 17-19-year-old junior division where Team USA won six medals. Steve Fayzakov (Fresh Meadows, N.Y. / Spartak Sports Club) had the best finish on the second day, winning a silver medal in the 90kg division. Fayzakov threw an Argentinean player for a waza-ari (half-point) with a kata guruma (fireman's carry), but got caught and pinned for ippon in the first round. He came back, however, and won his next three matches by ippon, throwing a Mexican with a te guruma, a Brazilian with an uchimata (inner thigh throw) and then pinning a Venezuelan to go 3-1 in a round robin division. The following athletes also placed on the second day: Bronze - Kelsi Bostic (Anderson, Ind. / Judan Judo / 70kg) - Paula Duarte (Baldwin Park, Calif. / Mojica Judo / 63kg) - Zach Godbold (Houston, Texas / Champion Judo / 66kg) - Lisette Abad (San Jose, Calif. / San Jose After-School All-Stars / 48kg) - Doyle Richeson (Burleson, Texas / Ruben Martin Judo / +100kg) Fifth - Max Kafka (St. Paul, Minn. / Midway Judo / 73kg) - Matthew Parker (Garland, Texas / Becerra Judo / 81kg) - Carly Marcella (Spokane, Wash. / Pacific Judo Academy / 44kg) - Christopher Harriss (Livermore, Calif. / Amador Judo / 100kg) - Cali Marcella (Spokane, Wash. / Pacific Judo Academy / 52kg) Andre Brooks (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. / Onikusu / 55kg) and Tylor Ferry (Riverview, Fla. / TNT Academy of Judo) competed, but did not place. The athletes also competed on Saturday in a team tournament where the girls won a bronze medal. 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-