Reno, NV – May, 4th 2014: Competing at the USA Judo Senior ( Adult ) National Championships, Howard Wilson came up with a career best performance and earned a spot on the IBSA World Judo Championships Team. By virtue of his silver medal in the 90kg division, Wilson qualified to represent the United States at the IBSA World Judo Championships, which will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO from September 1st – September 7th. ” This has been a goal of mine for quite a while. As a Marine, it gives me great pride to have another opportunity to represent the United States, this time in a different capacity. “, explained a proud Wilson.
For the day, Howard won three matches ( all by full point ), while losing only one. The one loss was to 2012 Paralympic Games Bronze Medalist, Dartanyon Crockett. Against Crockett, Wilson fought very well. He was on level ground with Crockett for the better part of two minutes. ” I felt good out there today. I knew that I had made all of the necessary sacrifices to prepare my body and mind for this particular tournament. I wasn’t going to be stopped. “, said Wilson. Other members of the U.S. Team will include Crockett, 2012 Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Myles Porter and 2012 Paralympian, Ron Hawthorne. Howard earning a spot on the World Team was just one of the highlights for the Menomonee Judo Club Paralympic Team. As a club, Menomonee Judo won the overall team title in divisions for participants with visual impairment. All seven of their competitors placed in the top three of their respective divisions. The final medal count was five silver medals and two bronze medals. ” This was a great day for Menomonee Judo. Our Paralympic athletes proved that we aren’t only the largest Paralympic Judo program in the United States, but the quality of our players is improving each and every month. I’m extremely proud of each and every one of our players and really happy for Howard. He deserves this achievement. “, proclaimed Menomonee Judo head instructor, Brett Wolf.
Howard will begin his training for the World Championships early next month. He will train five days a week, five hours a day at the Wolf Paralympic Judo Camp. ” I’m all in when it comes to the 2014 World Championships. I will do everything possible to produce a world class performance in September. I want to thank everyone who has helped me reach this moment. First and foremost, my coaches at Menomonee Judo. Gary Cornelius, World Sport Chicago and the Chicago Park District have all played a vital role in me making the World Team. “, declared a reflective Wilson.
Men’s 90kg for players with visual impairment:
Gold Medal – Dartanyon Crockett
Silver Medal – Howard Wilson
Bronze Medal – Jason Lefevers
Bronze Medal – Harvey Guary
5th Place – Ivan Liskov