U.S. Team Takes Four Medals, Gold, Two Silver and Bronze At Junior PanAms in Cali, Colombia

By Ernest Pund | Sept. 08, 2012, 2:11 p.m. (ET)

September 9, 2012 - A USA Judo team of up-and-coming elite juniors put four on the podium for a gold, two silver and a bronze medal at a super competitive Pan American Junior Championships in Cali, Colombia over the weekend.

Mackenzie Williams, 70+ kg (Becerra Judo Club, Grapevine, TX), took gold in the under-17 divisions, her third consecutive Pan Am gold, now spanning two age groups. Also taking medals in the U-17 age divisions were Ashlyn White, 48 kg (Panther Judo, Miami, FL) and Devin Sobay, 90+ kg (Texoma Judo Club, Wichita Falls, TX). Taking bronze in the under-20 age group was David Gilkarov, 90 kg (Spartak Sports Club, Rego Park, NY).

Placing 5th from the U.S. team were Frankie Hyatt, 40 kg (Cahills Judo, San Bruno CA), and Jonathan Brook, 90 kg (Brighton Judo, NY), Alisha Galles, 63 kg (Mojica Judo Club, Lancaster, CA), and Robert Tkach, 100 kg. (Spartak Sports Club, Rego Park, NY).

Nearly 300 competitors from 23 countries converged on Cali for this tournament.

This is just the sort of experience that paves the way for future U.S. Olympians and it is a strategy of USA Judo to foster participation among our you judo fighters in these international events to prepare them for the brightest lights on the planet.

These stellar victories come close on the heels of history making medals in London at the 2102 Olympic Games. Kayla Harrison, 78 kg (Team FORCE, Wakefield, Mass.), took the nation’s first Olympic gold medal, and Marti Malloy, 57 kg (National Training Center at San Jose State University, CA), took bronze, making it the first time in decades that the U.S. Judo Team has take multiple medals at the Olympics. The roots of their success are in junior tournaments like this one in Colombia where they gathered important experience and confidence. A key strategy of USA Judo is to foster the next generation of judo stars by supporting and organizing team travel to these and other international tournaments.

The delegation to Colombia is led by Coach Jhonny Prado of Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center in Coral Springs, FL. Also attending are referees Edson Mallo, Scott Galles and Robert Donaldson, Team Manager Rich Moss and USA Judo CEO  Jose H. Rodriguez.

After the Junior Pan American Championships, the U.S. team fought in a second competition, the South American Championships on Sunday. Again taking gold was Mackenzie Williams (Becerra Judo Club, Grapevine, TX). Taking silver was Ashlyn White (Panther Judo, Miami, FL) in her division. Taking bronze were Frankie Hyatt (Cahills Judo, San Bruno CA)Timothy Andrews (Onikuso Judo Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL), Devin Sobay (Texoma Judo Club, Michael Chelidze(Spartak Sports Club, Rego Park, NY),  Robert Tkach (Spartak Sports Club, Rego Park, NY) and Akbar Iminov (Spartak Sports Club, Rego Park, NY). That competition was originally limited to South American countries. The United States Puerto Rico and Mexico were invited to participate as well.

Finishing 5th at the South American Championships in their respective divisions were Angelina Fishback, Robert Pair, Gunnar Baker, Alisha Galles, Yesenia Crespo, Spencer Augustine and Steve Perez.

Juvenile B
Female

70+kg Mackenzie Williams, 1st place

40kg Frankie Hyatt 3rd place
48kg Ashlyn White 2nd place
63kg Angelina Fishback 5th place

Male
73kg Timothy Andrews 3rd place
90+kg Devin Sobay 3rd place
55kg Robert Pair 5th place
81kg Gunnar Baker 5th place

IJF
Female
63kg Alisha Galles 5th place
73kg Yesenia Crespo 5th place

Male
81kg Michael Chelidze 3rd place
100kg Robert Tkach 3rd place
100+kg Akbar Iminov 3rd place
66kg Spencer Augustine 5th place
73kg Steve Perez 5th place, Steve had to withdraw from bronze medal match due to injury.


The complete team roster, including weights and age ranges:
IJF males 1993-95
• 55 Brandon Brown
• 60 Nathan Kearney
• 66 Spencer Augustine
• 73 Steve Perez
• 81 Michael Chelidze
• 90 David Gilkarov
• 100 Robert Tkach
• 100+ Akbar Iminov
IJF females 1993-95
• 52 Jessica Rodriguez
• 63 Alisha Galles
• 78 Yesenia Crespo

JUV B males 1996-97
• 50 Robert Pair
• 55 Matthew Kearney
• 60 Zachary Chow
• 66 Caleb Wesley
• 73 Timothy Andrews
• 81 Gunnar Baker
• 90 Jonathon Brook
• 90+ Devin Sobay
JUV B females 1996-97
• 40 Frankie Hyatt
• 48 Ashlyn White
• 57 Isabeau Ross
• 63 Angelina Fishback
• 70+ Mackenzie Williams


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