Jacob Wukie upsets the way to the last 16 shots in Olympic archery

TOKYO — Two U.S. Olympians, including Fremont’s Jacob Wukie, will shoot for the right to advance to the quarterfinals of the men’s individual archery tournament.

After two upsets in the round of 16 and 32nd, Wukie, seeded No. 47, will face the No. 2 seed overall, his archery teammate Brady “The Arizona Cowboy” Ellison, in the round of 16. final at 10:01 p.m. Friday.

Wukie advanced to the round of 16 with his pinpoint shot against 18th-seeded Andrés Aguilar of Chile in a 7-1 first-round rout followed by a 6-5 win over Riau Ega Agatha of ‘Indonesia, the 15 plant.

“He’s doing great and we’re so proud of him,” Brianne, Wukie’s wife, said Thursday.

Wukie, born in Massillon, graduated in 2004 from Fremont Ross High School and shot collegiately at James Madison University in Harrisburg, Virginia.

Jacob Wukie will have a tough game against teammate Brady Ellison

The next round will become familiar and more difficult as Wukie takes on Ellison, considered one of the best archers in the world.

“Jake said it was a win-win either way because he supports Brady and will be happy for him if it goes that way,” Brianne said. “I’m so proud of how far he’s come and we just thank God for the opportunity he has to be there and his successes so far.”

The two American archers are no strangers to each other, having shot together at team level for years. The two were part of the three-man Tokyo squad that lost 5-1 to Japan in the quarter-finals.

Fremont's Jacob Wukie takes aim in his Olympic archery match against Chile's Andres Aguilar on Thursday at Tokyo's Yumenoshima Archery Range.

Wukie was part of the USA team that won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics but failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He decided to take a break from competitive shooting for almost two years while his family had three children and he continued to work full-time at the Ottawa County Regional Water Plant.

With two wins that propelled him into the round of 16, Wukie eclipsed his 17th place finish as an individual archer at the London Olympics.

Ellison, who is a favorite for the medal, rode through his opening two rounds, earning 6-0 wins over 63rd seed Milad Vaziri Teymoorlooei of Iran in the first round and 31st seed Pravin Jadhav of India, in the round of 32.

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Fremont's Jacob Wukie shakes hands with Chile's Andres Aguilar after scoring a victory in the 1/32 elimination round at Yumenoshima Archery Ground on Thursday.

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