USA Judo’s 2021 Junior National Team ready to open 2021 Junior World Championships in Olbia, Italy

by Cecil Bleiker

The 2021 USA Judo Junior National Team will open competition at the 2021 International Judo Federation Junior World Championships in Olbia, Italy on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. The event runs through October 10, 2021. The fourteen member team was determined based on results at the 2021 USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championships, June 19, 2021, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Of note, two sets of brothers will be representing USA Judo at this event. Nicholas and Dominic Rodriguez will both compete in the men’s under 73kg weight division, while Jack and Nicolas Yonezuka will compete in the men’s -66kg and -81kg weight division respectively. Both sets of brothers will be coached by their respective fathers, Daniel Rodriguez and Nick Yonezuka. The elder Yonezuka was a member of the 1980 USA Judo Olympic Team that missed competing at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia due to the USA boycott. The Yonezuka family patriarch Yoshisada Yonezuka who passed away in 2014 served at the Head Coach of both the 1988 and 1992 USA Judo Olympic Teams.

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  • -48kg; Monica Reyes
  • -52kg; Marisol Torro
  • -57kg; Tasha Cancela
  • -63kg; Sara Golden
  • -70kg; Shavon Gonzales
  • -70kg; Isabella Garriga
  • -78kg; Katherine Hrubes
  • -78kg; Crystal Acton
  • +78kg; Mia Moralez-Delgado

  • -60kg; Joshua Yang
  • -66kg; Isaiah Ramirez
  • -66kg; Jack Yonezuka
  • -73kg; Nicholas Rodriguez
  • -73kg; Dominic Rodriguez
  • -81kg; Nicolas Yonezuka
  • -90kg; Issei Barefoot
  • +100kg; Christian Konoval
  • +100kg; Andrew Williams
  • Jhonny Prado
  • Nick Yonezuka
  • German Velazco
  • Albert Ramirez
  • Robert Perez
  • Daniel Rodriguez
  • Aryn Tanaka
  • Ed Liddie

For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, USA Judo Press Officer at +1-719-330-2062.