If two out of three ain’t bad, six out of eight must be pretty darn good.
It certainly was for the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club who had six of their eight judoka come back with medals from last weekend’s Saskatchewan Judo Open Championships in Regina. The event feature more than 160 competitors from Canada and the United States and is one of the big dates on the annual competitive judo calendar in the province.
“We were very happy with how the competitors did,” said Jim Wiens, an instructor with the Koseikan Club. “When you consider the amount of talent that was there we did really well. Especially out of eight competitors getting three gold (medals) was great.”
Jeremy Williams took the under-46 kg juvenile men’s gold and Stephanie Legault the under-63 kg juvenile women gold. Each won two bouts to take their titles. Mark Kerr needed three wins to take the over-74 kg juvenile men’s title.
“I wouldn’t say I was surprised by how anyone did,” said Wiens. “But Mark Kerr was one of the most impressive. He did really well to go undefeated.”
Dan Orescanin won four times, but also lost two bouts and finished third in the under-90 kg senior men category. Brian Smith finished fifth in the same category, but placed third in the junior men group of the same weight class.
Kailey Large took the other bronze medal with two wins and two losses in the under-57 kg senior women field. In addition to her gold Legault placed fifth in the under-63 kg senior women division. Tyler O’Rourke also finished fifth in the under-46 kg juvenile men division. John Smith was fifth in the under-69 kg juvenile men.
The Koseikan Judo Club returns to action with a tournament February 3 in Swift Current.
“It’s a really good event because it’s geared towards the kids and they will face a lot of good competition,” said Wiens. The majority of the club’s members fall into the the younger age divisions. “There is a lot of Alberta competitors coming as well.”
After two weeks off, the Koseikan will host their own tournament on February 17. The event will feature 120 competitors from across the prairies.
Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald Jan 23, 2001