Team Wolfpack, the Olympic fighting squad of the New York Black Belt Center — which has locations in Bayside and Corona — represented New York at the 2017 USA National Taekwondo Championship in Detroit, Mich. from June 30 to July 6.

Led by head coach master Joseph Lupo Jr., nine athletes competed. As a team, they came back home with two gold and two silver medals. Striking a pose above are Christopher Russo, left, Samantha Milachay, gold medal winner Emma Mattson (also right), silver medal winner Nicholas Furnar, assistant coach Chet Bridgewater, Lupo Jr., assistant coach John Rodriguez, Julian Lezamiz, gold-medal winner Yuri Hu, Alexa Soloman and silver medal winner Jackie Loiacono.

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