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Asian Sun receives 3 medals at U.S. Open

Staff Report Published: February 19, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Asian Sun martial arts team won three medals at the Las Vegas U.S. Open Feb. 3.

Twelve members from Asian Sun participated. This international tournament, considered the hardest tournament in the United States, brought in 2,600 competitors from all over the world, including Olympians from the U.S. as well as other countries.

This year, Asian Sun brought the most competitors it has ever brought to an international tournament.

"I could not be more proud of how everyone performed," Asian Sun chief instructor Ryan Andrachik said. "Everyone trains hard and this was a great marker to see what they need to prepare for for future tournaments."

Grant Bogdanski, 10, made it to the quarterfinals, losing to the tough silver medalist in his first international tournament. Noah Shanafelt, 12, lost in the quarterfinals.

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Xander Oxford, 13, took home a bronze medal after defeating some tough international opponents such as French Polynesia.

Isabelle Collyer, 14, who fought in the 15-to-17-year-old division, made it to the quarterfinals.

Jordan Heppe, 14, who was the gold medalist of the 2016 Canadian Open, fought in the 15-to-17-year-old division and reached the round of 16 in a division that featured 42 people.

Ryan Bell, 42, took home a gold medal after defeating Norway, Australia and USA.

Ryan Heerema, 16, competed in his first international tournament. Jeff Heerema, 45, also competed in his first international tournament and took home a silver medal after a close loss to Pakistan.

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Hudson resident Vince Ripepi, 21, who is the current Amateur Athletic Union National Team member and attends Kent State University, fought and defeated Canada to face the seventh seed and lost a close match against him.

Anja Gardziola, 22, is the current AAU National Women's team member and attends John Carroll University in University Heights, competed.

Nicholas Shaner, 16,attending his second international tournament, lost a tough fight to the eventual silver medalist.

Michael Schmidt, 15, competed at his first international competition.

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