31st Annual North South Judo Tournament 2015

2015 North South Judo TournamentThe 31th annual North/South Judo Tournament took place at the Family Sportplex in Belleville, Illinois on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Sensei Derek Wellman officiated the event. The coaching staff for Team White Dragon was Demonn Smith, Andrew Lazarz, Jay Baker, and Anthony Weeks. Demonn Smith was the lone representative for South judo team in the team competition. The North narrowly defeated a game on South judo squad 6-5. The North retain the rights to the North South trophy. Anthony Darevsky took silver in his weight category. Reisin Riley made her tournament debut a memorable one. Her superior athleticism got her a hard earned silver medal. Devin Busch took gold. Issac Valdez de Soto showed no signs of mat rust after his brief hiatus on his way to a gold medal finish. In the senior division, Sam Coln fought extremely well but failed to reach the medal stand. Anthony Weeks got a bronze. Bat Unur “The Batman” Erdenebayer played in the most exciting and talented division of 66kg. It was never a dull moment with this judo player as he earned a well deserved silver. Demonn Smith rounded out the team with a silver medal showing in the super heavyweight weight category.

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