Students place at big judo tournament

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The Southwestern Oregon Community College Judo Program had five kids among more than 200 competitors from around the Northwest at the Budokan Judo Tournament in Seattle last weekend.


Liam Buskerud went 3-0 for the day in the boys 9- to 10-year-old lightweight division, bringing home the gold for Southwestern.


Ten-year-old Conor Gore brought home a silver medal in the 9-10 middleweight division; his second successive silver in the last two tournaments. Keilan Gore, 12, brought home a bronze medal in the boys 11-12 heavyweight division.


Also competing for Southwestern were Brynn and Haley Buskerud. Neither was able to place in their division.


The five competitors are now off to the United States Judo Federation Junior Nationals in Honolulu on July 4.


“Our season begins in October and the kids have been hitting it hard, bringing home medals in nearly every tournament this season,” Southwestern coach Rob Schab said. “We’re looking forward to the season finale in Hawaii.”


The Junior Nationals is a premier junior competition which typically hosts more than 400 competitors.


Southwestern’s adult and children’s summer judo classes begin June 24.




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