For what was in many cases their first judo tournament outside the Friendly City, Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club members had a pretty good showing last weekend in Watrous.
A total of 13 competitors, most of them quite young, went into Watrous and left with 12 medals, a solid total for the group.
"Probably one of the biggest surprises was a kid who was in his first tournament, Adam Langdon," said Koseikan coach Jim Wiens. Langdon went 3-0 in his first tournament in the Cadet boys 38-42 kilogram group, winning the gold medal.
"He had a great tournament being it was his first major tournament. His first win was against an orange belt and he's still a white belt."
Adam still has a handful of belts to get to the orange belt stage but he defeated a competitor who had about two years of experience.
"(Adam) just started judo in September," said the surprised Wiens.
Also having a good day on the matts was John Fellinger, who won the gold medal in the 30/34/38 kg combined Cadet boys level with a 5-0 record.
"I think it was in his fourth match, they walked in, he grabbed the guy and took him down and it was over," said Wiens.
Also competing and winning gold were Devin Kiryk, who won the Cadet boys under 20/26 kg combined; Haley Henrikson in the under-30/ 34 kg girls combined and Taryn Montgomery in the Cadet girls under- 26/30 kg class.
Silver medallists included Kohl Henrikson in the novice combined under 20/23 kg class, Eryn Langdon in the novice girls under 30/34 kg class, Brock Pearson in the cadet boys under 50 kg weight class, Braydon Johnson in the cadet boys over 61 kg class.
Veteran competitor and instructor Garth Rivers took silver in senior men under 66 kg division to go along with a bronze in the a ground-work only under-73 kg class.
The other bronze winner was Dez Henrikson in the cadet boys 38/42 kg combined division, while fourth place finishes went to Samantha Trusty in the cadet girls under 26/30 kg combined weight class, and Jessica Daly's novice girls under 30 kg/34 kg combined class.
For the next little while, Wiens will be busy preparing his crew for a big international tournament in Edmonton in March.
"It's a great international tournament to come to," said Wiens. "People from all over the world come to Edmonton to fight in that tournament."
Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald Dec. 20. 2006