Junior World Championships Wrap Up

Nov. 14, 2017, 7:12 p.m. (ET)

2017 WKF Junior World Championships 

The X WKF Junior World Championships headed to Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Spain for five days of exciting elite competition October 25-29, 2017. The United States of America represented one of 109 Countries gathered at the Sports Hall Santiago Martin with 38 Junior Athletes prepared and ready to compete!

Team USA was well represented on the first day of competition with strong competitors in the male and female Cadet and U21 Kata.

Zoe Meszaro started off strong in Cadet Female Kata making it to the bronze medal match where she unfortunately lost to Japan 5-0 finishing out her season with a 5th place finish. Ariel Torres kicked off the U21 Male Kata with a win over Kazakhstan 5-0. He went on to beat the Czech Republic, New Zealand and Brazil before falling to Turkey in the bronze medal final finishing in 5th place overall.

Day two of competition brought excitement as Team USA’s Junior divisions kicked off the morning with a full day of Kumite eliminations.

Madison Malone (-48kg) brought a thrilling day of competition to Spain. She started off the day with a win over Australia, Canada and Brazil and put up a good fight against Azerbaijan, but ultimately fell 3-0. She breezed through the repechage pool and put herself in the bronze medal final. After an exciting match, Madison brought home a bronze medal and proudly received her medal from USA Karate President Mr. John DiPasquale on the podium.

Day three brought the Team Female and Male Kata competition! Both the Kata teams fought well, with Male Team Kata (Ian Estrada, Justin Ferrer and Zachary Gaona) placing 7th overall with a strong win over Portugal 3-2 before falling to Turkey 5-0.

The weekend continued the excitement of the week with Team USA competing in Cadet Male and Female Kumite as well as the U21 Female and Male Kumite divisions.

Matias Nicoloplus had a good day in the -57kg Cadet Kumite Male division. He started strong beating Slovakia in a 3-0 match. He breezed by Malaysia 2-0 but felt to Russia 2-0 placing him in 9th place for the event after a chance to come back in repechage.

Team USA was led by the coaching staff of Maile Chinen, John Limcaco, Tommy Hood, Dustin Baldis, Akira Fukuda and Jim Buchen and Team Lead Elizabeth Sottile. Thank you for all of the hard work work they put in before, during and after with both our athletes and parents to make sure each athlete achieved success! A special thanks to our Medical Staff with Greenville Health Systems that put in timeless hours at both Junior Championships this year to make sure all athletes stayed healthy throughout competition. We are proud of each athlete that trained and competed in this year’s Junior World Championships and we look forward to seeing them in 2019!

Full 2017 Junior World Team Roster



14-15 Male Kata

Brody "Deuce" Jacobs

14-15 Female Kata

Zoe Meszaro

16-17 Male Kata

Rey Chinen

16-17 Female Kata

Brisa Colon

18-20 Male Kata

Ariel Torres

18-20 Female Kata

Jennifer Robinson

14-15 Male Kumite -52kg

Edgar Torres

14-15 Male Kumite -57kg

Matias Nicolopulos

14-15 Male Kumite -63kg

Dorian Pajor

14-15 Male Kumite -70kg

Matthew Hillyer

14-15 Male Kumite +70kg

Emre Kivanc

14-15 Female Kumite -47kg

Madilyn Jennings

14-15 Female Kumite -54kg

Alexandra Wainwright

14-15 Female Kumite +54kg

Natasha Kudelya

16-17 Male Kumite -55kg

Aaron Kaneda

16-17 Male Kumite -61kg

Noel Hernandez

16-17 Male Kumite -68kg

Ivan Fernandez

16-17 Male Kumite -76kg

Jared Smith

16-17 Male Kumite +76kg

Braden Ivey

16-17 Female Kumite -48kg

Madison Malone

16-17 Female Kumite -53kg

Gia Mazza

16-17 Female Kumite -59kg

Sabrina Martinez

16-17 Female Kumite +59kg

Skylar Lingl

18-20 Male Kumite -60kg

Dany Cabello

18-20 Male Kumite -67kg

Christopher Penna

18-20 Male Kumite -75kg

Nolan O’Rear

18-20 Male Kumite -84kg

Maximillian Segal

18-20 Male Kumite +84kg

Erick Lamelas

18-20 Female Kumite -50kg

Eva Alexander

18-20 Female Kumite -55kg

Sabina Ramic

18-20 Female Kumite -61kg

Ann Hsieh

18-20 Female Kumite -68kg

Taylor Wood

18-20 Female Kumite +68kg

Cirrus Lingl

Female Team Kata

Brisa Colon

Natalie Hertogh

Kaitlyn Shimohara

Male Team Kata

Justin Ferrer

Ian Estrada

Zachary Gaona