SPU freshman Taylan Yuasa was a late addition to the U.S. team.
Jackson sophomore Misato Sandoval, Mercer Island graduate Taylan Yuasa and Steilacoom grad Patrick Mendiola compete for Team USA in the World Junior Judo Championships in Abu Dhabi starting Friday.
Yuasa, a silver medalist in state wrestling last year, is coming off a gold-medal finish at the U.S. senior judo nationals. The Seattle Pacific freshman was a late addition to the U.S. roster for the World Championships, but jumped at the chance to compete when notified last Tuesday.
“I want to show that I deserve the spot,” said Yuasa, a 55 kg competitor who trains out of Budokan Judo in Seattle. “I didn’t get a chance to compete at the scholastic national championships because it was right after state wrestling, and the person who did win had the spot to go to Abu Dhabi. But he told USA Judo he couldn’t go and it was always in the back of my head that I should have had that spot regardless.”
Sandoval (57 kg) is the top-ranked junior competitor in her weight division who trains out of North Sound Judo Club in Lake Stevens.
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Mendiola (60 kg) of Ippon Dojo in Lakewood took his third quarter off from college at Tacoma to concentrate on training for the junior championships. He is also No. 1 in his weight class in the USA junior rankings.
Both finished second at senior nationals in May.
5 coaches to be inducted into state wrestling Hall of Fame
Five coaches will be inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame this Saturday, including Jay Breckenridge (Sedro-Woolley HS), John Casebeer (Lynnwood HS), John Eklund (Chehalis MS), Ruben Martinez (Othello HS) and Bob Wheeler (Forks HS).
The 32nd class of inductees will be honored at the Northwest Wrestling Coaches Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel in SeaTac.
UW to host state cheerleading championships
The University of Washington will host the 2016 high-school state cheerleading championships on Saturday, Jan. 30. The event is being held at Alaska Airlines Arena for a fourth straight year.
“Having the cheerleading state championships at a state-of-the-art facility like Alaska Airlines Arena has brought more attention to this premier event,” said WIAA assistant executive Cindy Adsit, who oversees Cheerleading for the State Association.
“The University of Washington and its staff have been tremendous partners in providing a first class experience for the student-participants.”