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USA Judo Junior Olympic National and International Championships Recap

June 26, 2018, 1:17 p.m. (ET)

 

USA Judo Junior Olympic National and International Championships Recap

June 22-24, 2018  |  Spokane, Washington

USA Judo, the Spokane Sports Commission, and Pacific Judo hosted the USA Judo Junior Olympic Championships for the second year in a row at the Spokane Convention Center.

The tournament was big success with 1,275 total registrations and four participating countries: United States, Canada, Mongolia, and Japan.

Competition was tough, with many close matches going into golden score. Some golden score matches lasted 10 minutes or more! One example, includes cadet athletes Eric Katrdzhyan (Valley Judo Institute) and Liam McNair (San Gabriel Judo) whose gold medal match lasted for 13-minutes in golden score. See their response to the close match here:

 

 

The 2018 Junior Olympic National Championships also served as the qualifying tournament for the Junior World Team. Twenty (10 Male / 10 Female) IJF Junior division athletes qualified to represent USA Judo in the Bahamas on October 17-21, 2018. Here are the athletes who qualified for the 2018 Junior World Team:

MALE:

  • 55kg Jacob More, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center
  • 60kg Anthony Brett
  • 60kg David Agoglia, Somerset Academy Panther Judo
  • 66kg Ryan Vargas, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center
  • 73kg Sandro Chaladze
  • 73kg Liam Wright, Alamo Judo Club
  • 81kg Adrian Bernal, Texas A&M University
  • 90kg John Silva, Pedro’s Judo National Training Center
  • 100kg Daniel Pavlov, Samir Judo
  • +100kg Joshua Paltielov, NYAC

 

FEMALE:

  • 44kg Carli Orozco
  • 48kg Noran Elmahroukey, TEO BJJ
  • 52kg Marisol Torro, Sawtelle Judo Dojo
  • 52kg Giovanna Prado, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center
  • 57kg Mariah Holguin, Universal Judo
  • 63kg Lauren DeSmidt, Club Olympia Judo
  • 63kg Sara Golden, Cohen Brothers Judo Club
  • 70kg Misato Sandoval
  • 78kg Nefeli Papadakis, Menomonee Judo Paralympic Training Site
  • +78kg Natalija Stanojevic, Menomonee Judo Paraltmpic Training Site
 

The following athletes also received special tournament award:

MOST OUTSTANDING:

  • Eric Katrdzhyan, Valley Judo Institute
  • Jasmine Macias, Guerreros Judo
  • Ryan Vargas, Ki-Itsu-Sai
  • Mariah Holguin, Universal Judo

 

FIGHTING SPIRIT:

  • Anatoly Fidelman, Samir Judo
  • Ashley Klingberg, Mayo Quanchi Judo and Wrestling
  • Dmitri Gamkrelidze
  • Marisol Torro, Sawtelle Judo Dojo

 

BEST TECHINIQUE:

  • Alexander Prado, Ki-Itsu-Sai National Training Center
  • Nyla Valencia
  • Adrian Bernal, Texas A&M University
  • Abigail Sigurdson

 

SPORTSMANSHIP:

  • Eli Suan, Hawaii Tenri Judo
  • Samantha Blank
  • Joshua Paltielov, NYAC
  • Lauren DeSmidt, Club Olympia Judo

“The 2018 Junior Olympics & International Championship was a huge success with large participation numbers and close matches,” said Spencer Molnar, USA Judo Membership and Event Director. “USA Judo could not have done this without the support of the Spokane Sports Commission and the volunteers from Pacific Judo. The Spokane Sports Commission provided support with venue selection and volunteered at the championships. They are the best of the best and we are grateful to work with both organizations.”

Here are all the results and photos from the 2018 USA Judo Junior Olympic National and International Championships:

 

 

 

 

 

The next national tournament will be the President’s Cup National Championships in Irving, TX. We hope to see everyone there!