Konjo Spring Judo Championships 2012

The Konjo Spring Judo Championship got underway at Southeast Missouri State North Recreation Center in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Team White Dragon again set records for participation, wins and gold medals. Derick Wellman coached the junior and senior teams in this tournament. In the junior division, Jordan Ashen showed exceptional improvement by posting a 3-1 record in this tournament and a gold medal finish. His brother, Devin Bush took silver in his division. Sean Butler won all of his matches by ippon and took home a gold medal. Molly Hladky placed 3rd in first tournament. Mackenzie Grob continues to improve and looks to be a judoka to be reckoned with. She took home a silver medal for the day. Julia Greene and Anthony Darevesky both gave strong performances as they tune up for the Junior Judo Nationals this summer. They both took 1st place in there perspective divisions. The Seniors team was led by Anna Feygina who took first in her division. National champion, Adnan Gutic loss a heartbreaker and had to settle for silver in this tournament. Eugene Hamilton placed third in his return to the mat after a brief hiatus. The judoka of this tournament was Demonn Smith. The savvy veteran played with a heavy heart on his way to 8-0 record on the day and 3 gold medals to add to his long judo resume.

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