The 2011 U.S. Junior National Team is set to take on the best competition from the Americas in this weekend's 6th Pan Am Junior Sparring Championships at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event runs Oct. 7-9 in conjunction with the 2nd Pan Am Junior Poomsae Championships and the Pan Am Open International Championships.
The U.S. Junior National Team will look to improve on its 15-medal performance at the 2009 Pan Am Junior Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador. That team took home 10 gold medals, one silver medal and four bronze medals.
Four medalists return from the 2009 team, including gold medalists Gregory English(Chicago, Ill.) and Giuliana Gil (Oxnard, Calif.), silver medalist Adrienne Ivey (Ashburn, Va.) and bronze medalist Seth Wolfe (Miami, Fla.).
The lineup for the 2011 U.S. Junior Team this weekend will be:
FINWEIGHT (under 42kg): Kelsey Junious (South Windsor, Conn.)
FLYWEIGHT (under 44kg): Katheryn Bell (Simi Valley, Calif.)
BANTAMWEIGHT (under 46kg): Giuliana Gil (Oxnard, Calif.)
FEATHERWEIGHT (under 49kg): Cheyenne Lewis (Elk Grove, Calif.)
LIGHTWEIGHT (under 52kg): Deireanne Morales (Lynwood, Calif.)
WELTERWEIGHT (under 55kg): Madison Motoyasu (Newhall, Calif.)
LT. MIDDLEWEIGHT (under 59kg): Paige Biviano (Cazenovia, N.Y.)
MIDDLEWEIGHT (under 63kg): Merissa Pico (Fort Lee, N.J.)
LT. HEAVYWEIGHT (under 68kg): Hayley Cisper (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
HEAVYWEIGHT (over 68kg): Adrienne Ivey (Ashburn, Va.)
FINWEIGHT (under 45kg): Brandon Pitak (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
FLYWEIGHT (under 48kg): Logan Gerick (Keller, Texas)
BANTAMWEIGHT (under 51kg): Gregory English (Chicago, Ill.)
FEATHERWEIGHT (under 55kg): Seth Wolfe (Miami, Fla.)
LIGHTWEIGHT (under 59kg): Griffin Beland (Storrs, Conn.)
WELTERWEIGHT (under 63kg): Trevor Long (Brooklyn Park, Minn.)
LT. MIDDLEWEIGHT (under 68kg): Jeffery Williams (Posen, Ill.)
MIDDLEWEIGHT (under 73kg): Ryan Arcaina (Brentwood, Calif.)
LT. HEAVYWEIGHT (under 78kg): Drew Thompson (Maple Valley, Wash.)
HEAVYWEIGHT (over 78kg): Elias Guting (Milpitas, Calif.)