Re-printed with the permission of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Judo club dominates in Swift Current
By MATTHEW GOURLIE
The Koseikan Judo Club already had one win down before they even pulled up to the gym in Swift Current this weekend.

The local club easily won the award for the biggest turnout at the annual Swift Current Judo Tournament.

It would be the first of many wins as the club sent competitors in 16 classes and won eight of them. That was made more impressive by the fact that many of their youngest fighters were making their competitive debuts.

"They did quite well," said Wiens. "I was very happy with the fact that they had better mat presentation and a better foundation with the way they moved around the mat than some of the other kids had done before."

In the Cadet girls under-30/-34 kg combined pool A Brianna Walz led a Koseikan sweep to the podium by winning gold while Samantha Trusty was second and Hayley Henrikson was third.

It was the same story in the Cadet girls -38 as locals claimed the top five spots. Rebecca Hanson won followed by Eryn Langdon in second, Tallissa Edwards in third, Darian Barnie in fourth and Brooke German in fifth.

Kimberly Daly was second in the Cadet girls -23/-26 kg, while Peyton Barnie was third and Ashley German was fourth.

Jessica Daly had been in judo for two years and had only one win to her credit, but had a breakout tournament finishing with a 4-1 record to win a silver medal. Her only loss came to club mate Taryn Montgomery who was undefeated in winning the Cadet girls -30/-34 kg combined pool B.

Baylee Forbes won silver in the Cadet girls -38/-43 kg.

Kohl Henrikson won the Cadet boys -23 kg ahead of teammate Ryan Pohl who was second.

Nicola Orescanin claimed bronze in the Cadet boys -26 kg and Zachary German was fourth.

Dez Henrikson went undefeated winning the Cadet boys -34 kg and Stephen Edwards was third.

Zachary Ryan was second in the Cadet boys -30 kg and Connor Ryan was third in the +46 kg class.

Brock Pearson won the Juvenile boys -48/-51 kg and Adam Langdon was second.

Chad Griffin won the Junior men's -55 kg and was second in the Juvenile -55/-60 kg class.

Hayley Walz was third in the Juvenile girls -63/+63 kg while Shaylea Locken was fourth.

The competition was mainly full of younger competitors.

Wiens, Garth Rivers and Shane Kivol will represent the Koseikan at the Pacific International Senior Championships in Vancouver starting Feb. 16. The rest of the club will be competing in Vibank.

Kivol did compete in Swift Current and won the Senior men's Novice -90 kg class. Colby Kivol took the bronze in the Senior men's Novice 100+ kg. The pair tied for fifth in an open men's advanced field that featured all of the men's competitors regardless of weight classes.

Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald February 6, 2008

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