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West Point Judo retains novice national championship title

Staff Reports

WEST POINT, N.Y. (March 20, 2013) — West Point Judo retained the men’s and women’s novice national championship March 15-16 at the 2013 Collegiate Nationals and finished a close second in the advanced divisions at the competition held at Iowa State University.

Celebrating its 52nd year, the National Collegiate Judo Association championships can be considered one of the most attended and strongest events this past decade.

On the back end of spring break, the West Point Judo athletes faced more than 150 competitors to fight for the four National Collegiate Judo Divisions: Men’s and Women’s Novice; and Men and Women’s Advanced. Combined, West Point won 62 individual matches.

Below are the athletes that contributed to the National Championships and their performance in this event:

Women’s Novice: Class of 2016 Cadet Soderia Kakoulakis, Gold Medal; Class of 2015 Cadet Rachel Oliver, Gold; Class of 2015 Cadet Shervon Dixon, Silver; Class of 2014 Cadet Emily Lewis, Silver; Class of 2014 Cadet Melissa Vargas, Silver; Class of 2015 Cadet Sarah Roberts, Silver; Class of 2016 Cadet Britney Redmond, Bronze.

Men’s Novice: Class of 2016 Cadet Peter Stanley, Gold Medal; Class of 2013 Cadet Anthony Sciuva, Gold; Class of 2015 Cadet Kyle Underwood, Gold; Class of 2014 Cadet Richard Mendoza, Gold; Class of 2015 Cadet Chase Snow, Silver; Class of 2015 Cadet Josh Pennell, Silver; Class of 2013 Cadet Debraj Mookerjee, Silver; Class of 2016 Cadet Pat Hogan, Bronze.
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The West Point Judo Team poses for a photo with the trophies earned at the 2013 Collegiate Nationals March 15-16. Courtesy Photo

Advanced Women: Class of 2014 Cadet Juliet Talavera, Silver Medal; Class of 2013 Cadet Larisa Tudor, Silver; Class of 2013 Cadet Catherine Clarke-Pounder, Silver; Class of 2014 Cadet Melissa Vargas, Bronze; Class of 2015 Cadet Sarah Roberts, Bronze; Class of 2015 Cadet Shervon Dixon, Bronze.

Advanced Men: Class of 2015 Cadet Richard Mendoza, Gold Medal; Class of 2013 Cadet John Barnes, Silver; Class of 2016 Cadet Peter Stanley, Bronze; Class of 2014 Cadet Carson Giammaria, Bronze; Class of 2013 Cadet Patrick Cronin, Bronze; Class of 2013 Cadet Joseph McKenna, 4th Place; Class of 2014 Cadet Steven Patten, 4th Place; Class of 2013 Cadet Carson Reed, 4th Place.

Before the competition, selected West Point Judo athletes attended training at the University of Puerto Rico March 8-14 where they trained four with Olympic Coach Hiromi Tomita and his athletes. West Point Judo athletes will participate in one more collegiate-level event and the placers in the advanced division will get to fight at the USA Judo Senior Nationals.