IRT No. 5-ranked Jose Rojas re-signs with Ektelon
STOCKTON, Calif. — International Racquetball Tour No. 5-ranked Jose Rojas of Stockton, who recently won gold and silver medals for Team USA at the Pan American Games in Toronto, has re-signed with Ektelon. Rojas’ re-signing comes early in the 2015-2016 IRT season as he competes in racquetball’s premier tournament this week at the 2015 UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.
Rojas most recently won the gold medal in doubles for the USA Racquetball Team at the 2015 Pan Am Games and grabbed a silver medal in the team competition.
“I’m excited to continue my relationship with Ektelon,” Rojas said. “They have supported me for the past five years as I began my career as a professional racquetball player. I’m looking forward to a future with Ektelon. Ektelon has allowed me to turn the sport I love into a career.”
Rojas turned pro in 2008 and played for Ektelon the past five seasons. The 25-year-old right hander won the national doubles title two of the last three years, including with Jansen Allen in 2015. He is one of a small group who has won a Tier I IRT tournament in the last three years. Rojas has two Tier 1 victories, his latest coming in the 2013 Ghost of Georgetown Novasors Kansas City ProAm when he defeated current IRT No. 2 Rocky Carson in the final. Rojas defeated No. 1-ranked Kane Waselenchuk in the semifinals of that same event, which resulted in Waselenchuk’s first loss in a complete match since January 2009.
“We are very fortunate to have Jose on our team,” said Chris Circo, CEO of Active Brands Company. “He is an exceptional athlete and a fantastic young man. We are excited to support him as he makes his way to the top. We are committed to the sport of racquetball and the millions who play for competition, fun and fitness. Jose and Ektelon will be working together to grow the sport across the country through a new program involving players of all types. ”
Rojas has been on Team USA five times, winning a gold in singles at the 2014 Pan American Championships by defeating Andres Parrilla of Mexico in the final in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He also earned a silver medal in doubles with David Horn in the same competition.
Rojas was part of the USA Racquetball gold medal team at the 2015 16th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships, winning the final for the U.S. by defeating Kris Odegard, giving the U.S. a 2-0 win over Canada. Also at the 2012 Worlds, Rojas earned a bronze medal in men’s singles by reaching the semifinals.
Rojas was a bronze medalist at the 2014 World Championships in Burlington, Ontario, where he lost to fellow American Carson in the semifinals. Rojas’ performance at Worlds in 2012 qualified him for the 2013 World Games, where he reached the semifinals.
Rojas’ first appearance for Team USA was at the 2008 Pan Am Championships in Costa Rica, where he played singles, losing in the quarterfinals.
As a junior player, Rojas won the IRF Junior World Boys U18 title twice, in 2008 and 2009. He’s one of only four players to do so, including Sudsy Monchik, Carson, Jack Huczek and Ben Croft. He won the USA Racquetball Boys U18 championship three times — 2007, 2008 and 2009. He also won the USA Racquetball U18 doubles title in 2008 with Allen and in 2009 with Jose Serrano.
Rojas attended Delta College and won the USA Racquetball collegiate men’s title in 2009 and 2010, and in 2010 also took the doubles title with Horn. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of the Pacific in 2014.
He is the son of son of Miguel and Adelina Rojas and has one sibling, Marco, who is a two-time silver medalist in racquetball at the 2012 Pan American Championships.
Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Ektelon is a division of Active Brands Company. Ektelon has enjoyed the longest, most successful reign of dominance in the sport of racquetball. Ektelon’s heritage includes some of the top players in the sport’s history including racquetball legends who helped shape the sport such as Charlie Brumfield, Dr Bud Muehleisen, Jerry Hilecher and Bill Schmitkie and in more recent years, former No. 1 players Mike Yellen, Dave Peck, Ruben Gonzalez, Lynn Adams and Rhonda Rajsich. In addition, Ektelon has introduced more revolutionary technologies and programs to the sport than any other company. Ektelon innovations include oversized racquetball racquets, the Racquet Taper System (RTS), Power Ring® racquets and Total Racquet Customization, VisionGrip and EXO3 among others.