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