Team USA Shines at Pan American Open

Sept. 04, 2018, 1:07 p.m. (ET)

Team USA Shines at Pan American Open
Competing in the Dominican Republic USA brings home 12 medals

The first day of competition began with the lightweight divisions in Santo Domingo.

David Agoglia (-60kg) won his first two preliminary matches against Luis Gabriel Castro de Lance of the Dominican Republic and Makes Mibel of Haiti to win his pool. In the semifinal round, Agoglia beat Johan Rojas of Columbia by ippon in just over a minute. In the final round, which lasted close to 4 minutes, Agoglia eventually fell to Julio Molina of Guatemala to earn a Silver medal.

Liam Wright (-73kg) also won his first two matches to win his pool over Junior Gerez of the Dominican Republic and Alonso Wong of Peru. He faced Lwilli Santana of the Dominican Republic and beat him by ippon to send him to the finals. He faced Jeffrey Ruiz of Puerto Rico in the final match and ultimately fell by ippon in just over 2 minutes earning himself a Silver medal.

Anne Suzuki (-48kg) lost her first fight in the preliminary round to Estefania Soriano of the Dominican Republic, but came back to win her second fight in Repechage against Virginia Nemeth of Canada which sent her to the 3rd place fight. She faced Teresa Ines Gonzales Jimenez and won by ippon in 2 minutes earning a Bronze medal.

In the preliminary round, Alaine Abuan (-52kg) faced USA teammate Ashlyn White and won by ippon in a tough fought match between the two. In the semifinal match, she fought and won against Brillith Gamarra Carbajal of Peru to head to the final match. She ultimately lost her last fight to Marie Besson of Canada earning her a Silver medal.

Mariah Holguin (-57kg) lost her first preliminary round match to Luisa Jimenez of the Dominican Republic sending her to Repechage. There she faced USA teammate Isadora Friedlander and won by ippon. In the fight for 3rd place she faced another USA teammate n Amelia Fulgentes and Holguin came out victorious in a battle lasting 4 minutes earning her a Bronze medal.

Alisha Galles (-63kg) won her preliminary round match against Nahiara Feliciano Williams of Puerto Rico by ippon in just 25 seconds! She faced Katherine Otano Pina of the Dominican Republic in the semifinal round and again won by ippon in just over 1 minute. In the final round, she faced Helene Wezeu Dombeu of Cameroon and won by ippon in nearly 4 minutes earning her a Gold medal finish.

Day 1 Full Results:
Jacob More (-60kg): 7th place
Alaa El Idrissi (-66kg): 5th place
Jenna Schurr (-48kg): 7th place
Ashlyn White (-52kg): 5th place
Kristin El Idrissi (-52kg): 7th place
Amelia Fulgentes (-57kg): 5th place
Isadora Friedlander (-57kg): 7th place
Lauren De Smidt (-63kg): 5th place

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Day 2 brought just as much excitement for the heavyweight competitors for Team USA bringing home an additional 6 medals.

Colton Brown (-90kg) won his preliminary round match against Luis Rosario of the Dominican Republic by ippon in just 27 seconds! In the Semifinal round, he faced Francisco Balanta of Columbia and came out victorious sending him to the final match. He faced Robert Florentino of the Dominican Republic and ultimately fell earning him a Silver medal.

Andrew Jacobs (-100kg) faced USA teammate Nathaniel Keeve in the first round and after over 5 minutes, won the match. In the Semifinal, he faced Lewis Medina of the Dominican Republic and fell by ippon sending him to the fight for 3rd place. He faced Jesse Francisco de Leon de la Cruz of the Dominican Republic and won by ippon earning him a Bronze medal.

Chantal Wright (-70kg) won her preliminary round match against Emely Bautista of the Dominican Republic by ippon sending her to the Semifinals. There she faced Jessica Gallegos of Mexico and won by ippon in just over 1 minute! She would ultimately fall to Eiraima Silvestre of the Dominican Republic in the Final round earning her a Silver medal.

Nefeli Papadakis (-78kg) lost her preliminary match to Sarah Myriam Mazouz of Gabon to send her to the fight for 3rd place. There she faced USA teammate Nicole Stout and won by ippon in just over two minutes earning her a Bronze medal.

Nina Cutro-Kelly (+78kg) won her preliminary round fight against Orguidia Disla of the Dominican Republic by ippon in just 42 seconds! She would lose her Semifinal match to Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico to fight for 3rd place. There she faced USA teammate Madelynn Bunker and won by ippon to earn her a Bronze medal finish.

Mackenzie Williams (+78kg) lost her first fight to Moira Morillo of the Dominican Republic to send her to the fight for 3rd place. There she faced Sarah Hawkes of Great Britain and won by ippon in just 10 seconds to earn her a Bronze medal!

Day 2 Full Results:
Ruben Martin (-81kg): 5th place
Arthur Wright (-81kg): 5th place
Nathaniel Keeve (-100kg): 7th place
Madelynn Bunker (+78kg): 5th place