Judokas nab medals in Edmonton

A Yukon team attended the Edmonton International Judo Championship at West Edmonton Mall over the weekend in Alberta. No word on what the Yukoners might have picked up at the shops, but they did pocket hardware.

A Yukon team attended the Edmonton International Judo Championship at West Edmonton Mall over the weekend in Alberta. No word on what the Yukoners might have picked up at the shops, but they did pocket hardware.

Yukoners won seven medals, up from two last year, at the meet held March 11 and 12.

“Out of 15 participants, seven medaled, so I think we’re very pleased again,” said Yukon coach/manager Dan Poelman.

Yukon picked up two gold, both in under-10 boys divisions.

Yellow belt Alex Penner went 1-1 to take gold on points. Yellow/orange belt Kenai Bryden went undefeated in three fights for gold in his U10 division.

Dawson Penner captured silver in U12 male. The yellow belt finished ahead of two orange belts in the four-person division.

Cassandra Jensen, who won gold the previous weekend at the Pacific International Invitational in Richmond, picked up another medal in Edmonton. The blue belt snatched bronze in U14 female under-48kg.

Green belt Hannah King went 1-2 in her fights for bronze in U18 female over-70kg.

Green belt Judith Russell did the same in U16 female under-63kg.

Yellow belt Damon Tonner matched that — also going 1-2 — for bronze in U10 boys.

Yukon judokas will next compete at the Alaska State Judo Championship in Anchorage on April 22, followed by the Yukon Judo Championship the weekend after.

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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