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Taekwondo: Area athletes compete at Nationals in Salt Lake City

Eli Heston, Maddie Volesky and Master Lucas Holzhueter competed at the 2022 Taekwondo Nationals in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Master Lucas Holzhueter and Maddie Volesky July 28, 2022 after a long day at the U.S. National Taekwondo Championships, bringing home a bronze and gold medals.
Contributed / Lucas Holzhueter
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DETROIT LAKES – Athletes from the Detroit Lakes School of Taekwondo and Kumdo ended the regular competition season with a great showing at the 2022 U.S. National Taekwondo Championships in Salt Lake City, UT July 26-31.

Eli Heston (12) made his Nationals debut after qualifying with a gold medal at Regional Grand Prix in Tulsa, OK. Heston won a National bronze medal after winning several preliminary rounds, then losing in the semifinals to a game player from California.

Master Lucas Holzhueter (38) made his return to Nationals and brought home the Bronze in the Masters/Ultra 87+ Kg Black Belt Division.

Maddie Volesky (14) has had a great year on the U.S. and International competition circuit, winning two golds and a silver on her way up the rankings in hopes to become a U.S. National Team member.

Volesky, currently ranked No. 5 in the country, fought top-ranked Angelina Capella (17) of Utah for the Junior Female -68 kg Black Belt weight class in the finals Thursday Afternoon. Volesky had a challenging first round, but came back in the second and third rounds to defeat Capella to claim the National Title and gold.

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All of the team members qualified for Grand Prix finals coming in September. Volesky qualified for some upcoming Grand Slams and team trials events.

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Master Lucas Holzhueter, right, poses with Eli Heston after his bronze medal win at the National Taekwondo Championships in Salt Lake City, UT, last week.
Contributed / Lucas Holzhueter

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