Jayson Grant Wins Gold as U.S. Finishes With Six Medals at Korean Open
The U.S. squad emerged from the Korea Open in Incheon, Korea, with a total of six medals. The event concluded on Saturday.
Jayson Grant (Worcester, Mass.) started off the fourth day of competetion winning his first match, 6-4, against the Philippines in the male middleweight division. He went on to defeat his opponent from Azerbaijan, 5-1, in his quarterfinal match. After his semi-final opponent from Canada was disqualified for foul play in his own respective quarterfinal match, Grant went on to win his final match against Uzbekistan, 9-5, and bringing home the USA's first gold medal.
Female middleweight Sanaz Shahbazi (San Jose, Calif.) fought a skilled opponent from Russia in her opening match, with Russia emerging with the victory and making Shabhazi a quarterfinalist in her division. Male heavyweight representatives Brett Schuschereba (Derry, N.H.) lost his quarterfinal match to Korea, 7-2.
Female Heavyweight Maia Eubanks (Indianapolis, Ind.) wrapped up the last day of competition at the 5th Korean Open by winning a bronze medal for the USA. Eubanks lost her semifinal match against Olympian Evgeniya Karimova of Uzbekistan, 4-3, to earn the bronze medal.
In addition to Grant's gold and Eubanks' bronze, the U.S. enjoyed medal-winning performances from silver medalists Johnny Nguyen (Chandler, Ariz.) and Paul Fitzsimmons (East Northport, N.Y.), and bronze-medal efforts from Steven Lin (Chatham, N.J.) and Mayra Grimaldo (Los Angeles, Calif.)
The U.S. squad was led by team leader Grandmaster Young In Cheon, team managers Master Al Cole and Miss Ann Cheon, team coaches Master Gergely Salim and Master Octavio Villa and team trainer Alan Cheon.
The team will now travel to Seoul for the last two days of the trip to shop, sightsee and cross-train at Yongin University.