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Wedgwood boy competes in Pokemon championship

Posted by Kate Bergman on June 29th, 2010

10 year old Ian Whiton from Wedgwood just competed in the U.S. Pokémon National Championships this past Saturday in Indianapolis.  What started as a hobby collecting the cards soon turned into serious competition.  Ian ranks first in the state in the junior division, fourth in the country, and fifth globally.  During this past Saturday’s national championships, Ian won his first round match before being knocked out in round two.  Ian has already qualified for the world Pokémon championships in Hawaii, where $15,000 is on the line.  Our partners at the Seattle Times profiled Ian last week in a story you can read herePhoto by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times.



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  • 1 Sandi Whiton // Jul 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Hi! Didn’t know y’all were follwing up with Ian! Thanks. Just some clarifications: Ian made it into the top cut (top 32) out of over 200 Jr.’s. His record was 8-1. He then progressed to top 16 where he was knocked out. He now is ranked 1st in Washington, 2nd Nationally, and 2nd Globally. His record was 9-2. :)