Re-printed with the permission of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Judo club dominates own tournament
Koseikan fighters claim 15 medals, including five gold
By JEFF D'ANDREA
The only thing that went wrong at the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Tournament did not happen on the competition mat and involved the fire department.

The Koseikan Parent's Group were setting up a grill at the concession stand when smoke rose from a grill and set off the fire alarms and delayed the tournament for about an hour.

But after the smoke was cleared the local judo athletes dominated the podium.

In total, fifteen medals were earned by the 45 local participating athletes including five gold medals.

The Moose Javian gold medals came courtesy of Taryn Montgomery, who also won gold in the Edmonton International Judo Tournament last weekend, Damien Wiens, Symone Beauchamp, Kayden Anderson and Jessica Daly.

The club also earned five silver medals from Justin Wiens, Nikola Orescanin, BrookeLyn Henrickson, Emma Munroe and Zachary Ryan along with three bronze from Adam Blatchford, Kohl Henrikson and Dawn Munroe.

Not only did they achieve all the medals, but did so against a large field of athletes as 133 athletes from all over Saskatchewan and Alberta came to toss each other around.

"It's a very good cross reference of people throughout the province and Alberta that come and for that many of our kids to do that well, it shows they are gaining a lot of good experience and they're starting to hold their own at this kind of competition," said black belt instructor Jim Wiens.

The Moose Jaw hosts a tournament every year and it doesn't seem to matter if it's run in conjunction with the Judo Saskatchewan or if if it's a open tournament, attracting fighters to town is not a problem.

"People just enjoy it," said Wiens. "It's a well run and well organized tournament and everybody seems to have a lot of fun at it."

Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald Mach 30, 2010

EDITED TO ADD: Complete results from this tournament can be found on the Judo Saskatchewan results page for the Moose Jaw Tournament

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