The Moose Jaw Judo Club has carried a heavy load since hauling a pile of precious metal from Swift Current recently.
The club claimed 19 medals at a Feb. 8 tournament, and looks to add to its stash on home turf this weekend at SIAST Palliser Campus. The second annual Moose Jaw Open Judo Tournament begins at 11 a.m. Saturday: admission is free.
Matching their sparkling Swift Current performance may be a weighty task, though. The 21-member team from the Koseikan Judo Club collected four gold, eight silver and seven bronze.
Dustin Large, Steven Erickson, Meaghen Cullen and Troy Busse -- in his first tournament -- led the way, each placing first in their respective classes.
The following are the Moose Jaw club's tournament results.
(Novice under 59 kg) -- 1st, Dustin Large
(Novice under 74 kg) -- 1st, Steven Erickson
(Advanced under 40 kg) -- 4th, Glen Cullen
(Advanced under 54 kg) -- 3rd, Travis Larsen
(Advanced under 74 kg) -- 3rd, Matthew Bespalko
(Advanced under 78 kg) -- 4th, Matthew Bespalko.
(Advanced under 60 kg) -- 4th, Jeff Nelson
(Advanced under 65 kg) -- 2nd, Steve Hansen
(Advanced under 78 kg) -- 4th, Levor Guenther
(Advanced over 95 kg) -- 3rd, Jim Wiens; 4th, Vern MacDonald.
(Advanced under 44 kg) -- 2nd, Tiara Dawm
(Advanced under 52 kg) -- 1st, Meaghen Cullen; 2nd, Leah Jacobson
(Advanced under 48 kg) -- 2nd, Tiara Dawm
(Advanced under 52 kg) -- 2nd, Meaghen Cullen; 3rd, Leah Jacobson
Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald Feb 17, 1997