JMJC athletes capture 17 medals
Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center won a total of 17 medals Saturday at the eighth annual Ocean State International Judo Championships in Providence, R.I.
The Ocean States was the third event on the Zebra Tour, following the Starrett Cup in January and Pedro’s Challenge in February. The last leg will be the JMJC’s Morris Cup XI on June 2 at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.
BH-BL junior Jack Hatton, 16, led the way at the Ocean States, winning a gold medal in the 17-19-years 73kg division, as well as picking up a silver in the senior brown belt 73kg category.
Pete Stanley was also a double medalist, capturing the novice 100kg weight class gold, as well as winning a bronze in the brown belt 100kg division.
BH-BL graduate Nick Kossor, 26, cruised to the 60kg gold medal, his fourth Ocean State championship and 11th overall Zebra Tour title, and Ashley Hall picked up a gold medal in the 11-12-years 48kg division.
Another BH-BL graduate, Hannah Martin, was going for her third straight Zebra Tour title in 2012, but had to settle for silver, as she lost an extremely tight overtime battle to longtime rival Janine Nakao in the final. Nakao improved her record against Martin to 4-7.
Tony Sangimino went 4-1 at 81kg to win a silver, adding to his silver at Pedro’s and gold at Starrett.
Brad Bolen looked impressive on his way to taking a silver, going 5-1 on the day, including two wins over Alaa El Idrissi of Morocco, evening their series, 2-2.
Nick Delpopolo overcame a questionable call in a first-round loss to win five straight matches to take a silver in 73kg.
Cammi Kaichi had to move up from her normal 52kg category to 57kg, as there weren’t any competitors at the lower weight.
Kaichi won a silver, losing only to No. 2-ranked Hana Carmichael in the heavier division.
JMJC newcomer Alex Turner’s debut for the club went very well, as he displayed various techniques to take a silver in the 17-19-years 73kg division.
Alex Hall turned in one of his best performances, taking a silver in the 13-14-years 48kg weight class.
Alexa Michaelson, 9, and Tyler Michaelson, 11, both picked up bronze medals to close the JMJC medal count.
Earlier in the week, club founder and 1992 Olympic silver medalist Jason Morris, along with Kossor, Martin and Bolen, put on a judo demonstration at the Brown School in Schenectady as an introduction to the sport.
The JMJC will be running a program at the private school, which is pre-K to grade eight.
Kossor, Martin and Bolen demonstrated various judo throws and mat techniques, and a few volunteers from the student body came forward and “threw” the champions.
Morris answered questions about judo and the Olympic games.