2018 Senior Pan American Competition is Next Stop for Top U.S. Judoka

April 06, 2018, 8:54 p.m. (ET)

Eighteen athletes to represent America at the event

18 USA Judo athletes earned their sport on the 2018 Senior Pan Am Team that will represent the United States at the 2018 Pan American Judo Championships April 19-22 in San Jose, Costa Rica. More than 125 judoka from over 15 nations are expected to compete at the competition.

The men named to the squad are Alex Turner (Whitesboro, N.Y.), Jack Hatton (Wakefield, Mass.), Colton Brown (Wakefield, Mass.), Adonis Diaz (Miami, Fla.), Nick Delpopolo (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Ryan Vargas (Orlando, Fla.), Matthew Koch (Colorado Springs, Colo.), L.A. Smith (San Jose, Calif.) and Ajax Tadehara (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

The U.S. women who will be competing in San Jose are Angelica Delgado (Miami, Fla.), Alisha Galles (Lancaster, Calif.), Summer Truong (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Chantal Wright (San Antonio, Texas), Nina Cutro-Kelly (San Antonio, Texas), Nicole Stout (Orlando, Fla.), Amelia Fulgentes (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Mariah Holguin (San Antonio, Texas) and Anne Suzuki (San Jose, Calif.).

The team staff will include Justin Flores (Carlsbad, Calif.), Jhonny Prado (Coral Springs, Fla.), Lou Moyerman (Philadelphia, Pa.), Dr. Christina Yannetsos (Lone Tree, Colo.), and Lorne MacDonald (Colorado Springs, CO).

Seventeen-year-old Holguin, who is the team’s youngest member, trains at the same club – San Antonio’s Universal Judo – as Nina Cutro-Kelly, 33, the squad’s most veteran athlete having competed in six senior world championships in her career. At the recent Paris Grand Slam, Holguin made history as the youngest U.S. Judoka to win a Grand Slam match, which she accomplished at her very first Grand Slam.

“What is truly encouraging about this selection of athletes for the Pan American competition is the cross-section of talent representing communities from coast-to-coast,” said USA Judo executive director Keith Bryant. “As we continue our goal of growing the sport across America, it will be the elite athletes who compete across the globe who will be the source of inspiration to the next generation of judoka. We congratulate this group of U.S.A. Judo representatives and wish them the best of luck in Costa Rica.”

This year’s team is relatively young team, with it being the first Pan Am Championships for several of the athletes.

Returning medalist from last year’s Senior Pan American Championships include:
SILVER: Colton Brown (-90kg)
BRONZE: Adonis Diaz (-60kg), Alexander Turner (-73kg), Angelica Delgado (-52kg), and Nina Cutro-Kelley (+78kg)

Good luck Team USA!

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