Saint Louis Open Judo Championships 2012

There was no room for the weary as Team White Dragon fought in their second judo tournamnent of the month. The national qualifier, the Saint Louis Open Judo Championships took place at Jefferson College in Hillboro, Missouri. Five judokas represented White Dragon Judo Club and medaled in impressive fashion. Dan Dillon was the designated coach for the junior team. Issac Valdez Soto represented the junior squad with a hard fought bronze medal finish. Andrew Lazarz took bronze in the Master’s heavyweight division. Dan Rainey scored gold in the open weight division. Derick Wellman scored gold for the second straight time this year at 81kg. Demonn Smith punched his ticket to Virginia Beach going 8-1 on the day. Smith was able to endure and outmanuever his opponents on his way to double gold. With that performance, the veteran judoka will represent White Dragon Judo Club at the 2013 US Judo Nationals.

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