American Fighters Win 15 Medals in Senior Sparring at U.S. Open

By Bill Kellick | March 04, 2019, 8:53 p.m. (ET)

2019 US Open ring

(March 4, 2019) -- The 2019 U.S. Open concluded Sunday with 15 American athletes walking away with medals earned in the senior sparring competition. Leading the U.S. charge were gold medalists Thomas Rahimi (Irving, Texas) and Anastasija Zolotic (Largo, Fla.).

Rahimi, a U.S. Senior National Team member, defeated Serbia's Damir Fejzic, 4-3, on a golden point to win the men's -74kg division. Junior National Team member Zolotic claimed the top step of the women's -53kg podium with a 7-2 win over Chinese Taipei's Po-Ya Su in the final.

U.S. fighters also claimed four silver medals in the competition. Tiara Antommarchi reached the finals of the women's -46kg division before losing to Great Britain's Jordyn Smith, Jonathan Healy lost to Turkey's Emre Kutalmis Atesli in the finals of the men's +87kg competition, Ara White (Largo, Fla.) lost a 10-4 decision to Turkey's Irem Yaman in the women's -62kg final, and Madelynn Gorman-Shore (Littleton, Colo.) reached the women's -73kg final before losing to  Great Britain's Rebecca McGowan, 7-5.

The nine American bronze medalists in the senior sparring competition were Isaak Whitworth and Damian Villa in the men's -58kg, Amanda Bluford (Plymouth, Minn.) in the women's -62kg, CJ Nickolas (Brentwood, Calif.) in the men's -68kg, George El-Chemali in the men's -63kg, Jaysen Ishida in the men's -80kg, Christian Suh and Alasan Ann in the men's -87kg, and Stephen Lambdin (Colleyville, Texas) in the men's +87kg.