Menomonee Judo Club Earns 5 National Medals at the Scholastic National Championships in Grand Rapids

For Immediate Release – Grand Rapids, MI. – April 3, 2011 

Competing against many of the top Junior Judo players in the country, the Menomonee Judo Club solidified it’s standing as one of the elite dojos in the United States. The team recently returned from the Youth Scholastic National Championships which were held in Grand Rapids, MI. More than 385 competitors representing 31 states participated in this high level event.

At the end of two days of competition, Menomonee Judo had earned 5 national medals. That’s the most for the club at a national championship since the 2004 USJA Junior Nationals. All 11 of the club’s participants finished in the top 7 in their respective divisions. One very neat aspect of the weekend was how large and supportive the Menomonee contingent was. Including parents, siblings and coaches, they had more than 30 people at the tournament. From team dinners, to a bowling outing and getting together to watch the final four basketball games, it was a fun filled weekend on and off the mat. ” I can’t thank the parents enough for all of their support. Without their commitment to the club, none of this would be possible.

I’m extremely proud of how far the club has come and I’m very excited looking towards the future. ” said Sensei Brett Wolf on arrival back in Chicago. In another show of unity, Menomonee debuted their new team warm ups It was easy to identify club members in their black and red suits with the Menomonee patches over the heart. The club will next compete a week from Saturday on April 16 at the Illinois State Championships in Sugar Grove, IL. Below is a breakdown of the club’s results:

2011 Youth Scholastic National ChampionshipsGrand Rapids, Michigan

April 1 – 3, 2011

1. Audrey Pettigrew – 1st place

2. Andrew Varga – 2nd place

3. Max Bermont – 2nd place

4. David Anderson – 3rd place

5. Erich Sauer – 3rd place

6. Joe DeFrino – 4th place

7. Manuel Rosenkranz – 5th place

8. Hiroto Bauer – 5th place

9. Ben Feiger – 5th place

10.Ben Glick – 6th place

11.Hiroshi Meguro – 7th place

Total Medal Breakdown:

1st – 1

2nd- 2

3rd – 2

4th – 1

5th – 3

6th – 1

7th – 1


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