These Are the Very Best Pokémon Trainers in the United States

/> After two straight days of fierce competition, 24 Pokémon trainers have been chosen to represent the United States in the 2011 Pokémon Video Game World Championships. Behold our best hope for 2011 Pokémon domination!

It all went down at the 2011 Pokémon Video Game U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend. The top eight players from each of the three age groups will go on to represent our country in the World Championships. Players like The Zheng Dynasty. Aaron and Brandon Zheng, a brother combo out of New York that placed 1st and 2nd in Juniors and Seniors Divisions. Or Henry Maxon, the undefeated Juniors champion. Such power!


The following 24 players will travel to exotic San Diego to battle it out in the 2011 Pokémon Video Game World Championships August 12–14. Our hopes and dreams will travel with them to that strange and magical land.

JUNIORS (Born After 2000)
1st Place – Henry Maxon, age 11, Carnation, WA
2nd Place – Brendan Zheng, age 8, Fresh Meadows, NY
3rd Place – Luke Lavin, age 11, Marietta, GA
4th Place – Brian Hough, age 6, Ann Arbor, MI
5th Place – Scott Ramirtha, age 8, Sugarland, TX
6th Place – Tristan Lankford, age 9, Athens, GA
7th Place – Janelle Hagan, age 7, New Bremen, OH
8th Place – Grace Arnold, age 11, Frankfort, IL

SENIORS (Born 1996-1999)
1st Place – Aaron Zheng, age 13, Freshmeadows, NY
2nd Place – David Arnold, age 14, Frankfort, IL
3rd Place – Phillip Codio, age 14, Floral Park, NY
4th Place – Aaron Traylor, age 14, Boston, MA
5th Place – Kristian Mosquito, age 15, New York, NY
6th Place – Brandon Mitchell, age 15, Memphis, TN
7th Place – Enosh Shachal, age 15, Tenafly, NJ
8th Place – Brandon Tang, age 13, Fort Wayne, IN

MASTERS (Born 1995 or Earlier)
1st Place - Wolfe Glick, age 15, McLean, VA
2nd Place - Dan Zollner, age 23, Edgeweater Park, NJ
3rd Place- Simon Yip, age 19, New York, NY
4th Place - Michael Floccare, age 18, Baltimore, MD
5th Place - Greyson Garren, age 17, Metamora, IL
6th Place - Jason Fisher-Short, age 28, Phoenix, AZ
7th Place - Matt Coyle, age 21, Buffalo, NY
8th Place - Stephen Morioka, age 21, Chicago, IL


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