Sunday, June 30, 2013

USAR - 40th Wilson Junior Olympics - Boy's finals

Adam Manilla and Jordan Barth were double gold medalists at the 40th Wilson USA Racquetball Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, as they won both single and doubles in their respective age divisions. Manilla was gold medalist in Boy's U18 singles and doubles and Barth won U14 singles and doubles.

Manilla defeated Connor Laffey, 15-3, 15-7, in the singles final and also got the best of Laffey in the doubles final, as Manilla and Sawyer Lloyd beat Laffey and Nicholas Riffel, 15-9, 15-9, in the doubles final.

It's Manilla's fourth junior championship in a row, as he won U16 the past two years and U14 in 2010.

In what was a repeat of last year's U14 singles final, Barth defeated Mauro Rojas, 15-7, 15-13, and then also defeated Rojas in doubles, as Barth and partner Justus Benson beat Rojas and Wayne Antone IV, 5-15, 15-14, 11-9.

As with Manilla, Barth's singles title was his fourth in a row. He won U12 in 2011 and 2010 and U10 in 2009.

Boy's U16 had the most upsets, but the final wasn't one of them, as 5th seed Jake Birnel got the better of 6th seed Sam Bredenbeck, 15-10, 15-11, in singles, but in doubles it was Bredenbeck and Kyle Ulliman who came out on top against Birnel and Jacob Matthews, 15-14, 15-12.

Finally, Kelani Bailey successfully defended her Girl's U18 Championship, as she beat Samantha Simmons, 15-12, 15-5.

The U14, U16, and U18 Champions from the 40th Wilson USA Racquetball Junior Olympics qualify for the US Junior Team that will compete at the 2013 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) Junior World Championships in Sucre, Bolivia from October 20 to 25, 2013.

40th Wilson USA Racquetball Junior Olympics
Des Moines, Iowa

Boy's U14


Jordan Barth (Cold Spring, MN) d. Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA), 15-7, 15-13

3rd Place

Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) d. Justus Benson (Sun Prairie, WI), 13-15, 15-0, 11-5

Boy's U16


Jake Birnel (Bellingham, WA) d. Sam Bredenbeck (Marine On St Croix, MN), 15-10, 15-11

3rd Place

Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA) d. Justus Benson (Sun Prairie, WI), 15-5, 15-7

Boy's U18


Adam Manilla (Centennial, CO) d. Connor Laffey (Salem, OR), 15-3, 15-7

3rd place

Zack Wertz (Kenner, LA) d. Nicholas Riffel (Loveland, CO), 14-15, 15-10, 11-10

Girl's U18 - Round Robin

Round 5

Kelani Bailey (Norfolk, VA) d. Samantha Simmons (Crofton, MD), 15-12, 15-5
Krista Yourstone (Urbandale, IA) d. Sindhura Devalaraja (Acton, MA) WBF - No Show
Hannah Shnurman (Prole, IA) d. Katie Nye (Urbandale, IA), 15-0, 15-1

Boy's U14 Doubles


Jordan Barth (Cold Spring, MN) & Justus Benson (Sun Prairie, WI) d. Wayne Antone IV (Eugene, OR) & Mauro Rojas (Stockton, CA), 5-15, 15-14, 11-9

3rd place

Brady Yelverton (Garland, TX) & Jerry Yang (Sugar Land, TX) d. Jared Lee (Danville, CA) & Nikhil Singh (Pleasanton, CA), 15-11, 8-15, 11-6


Barth & Benson d. Lee & Singh, 15-4, 15-1
Antone & Rojas d. Yelverton & Yang, 15-2, 15-1

Boy's U16 Doubles


Kyle Ulliman (Westerville, OH) & Sam Bredenbeck (Marine On St Croix, MN) d. Jacob Matthews (Bethel, NC) & Jake Birnel (Bellingham, WA), 15-14, 15-12

3rd Place

Alec Wasilonsky (Torrington, CT) & Thomas Carter (Murrysville, PA) d. Dima Wert (Petaluma, CA) & Luis Avila (Wilmington, CA), 15-5, 15-6


Matthews & Birnel d. Wasilonsky & Carter, 12-15, 15-11, 11-6
Ulliman & Bredenbeck d. Wert & Avila, 12-15, 15-13, 11-4

Boy's U18 Doubles


Adam Manilla (Centennial, CO) & Sawyer Lloyd (Petaluma, CA) d. Connor Laffey (Salem, OR) & Nicholas Riffel (Loveland, CO), 15-9, 15-9

3rd Place

Diego Perez (Tyler, TX) & Alec Wasilonsky (Torrington, CT) d. Logan Nance (Lodi, CA) & Walker Plath (Stockton, CA), 15-12, 15-7


Manilla & Lloyd d. Perez & Wasilonsky, 15-3, 15-5
Laffey & Riffel d. Nance & Plath, 15-0, 15-4

Follow the bouncing ball….

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