De La Salle-Zobel took the early lead in the boys’ division, while University of Santo Tomas served notice on its title aspirations in the girls’ side in the UAAP Season 82 High School Judo Championships, Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
With Eivan Donaire and Angelo Saria ruling the half-lightweight and lightweight categories, respectively, the Junior Green Judokas amassed 21 points.
The Junior Lady Judokas from España finished the opening day with 18 points behind the 1-2 finish of sisters Lea and Lorenz Quimba in the half-heavyweight class.
Donaire toppled UST’s Ezekiel Cunanan in the gold medal match, while Saria took care of Far Eastern University-Diliman’s Ollzhen Dionisio in their own final.
La Salle-Zobel also captured two silvers and a bronze. The Junior Green Judokas are 10 points ahead of the Baby Tamaraws.
FEU’s Hyejun Lee bested De La Salle-Zobel’s Royce Novino in the featherweight final. Ateneo bagged a gold courtesy of Elijah Claravall in the extra lightweight class at the expense of De La Salle-Zobel’s Joshua Antiporda.
De La Salle-Zobel, University of the East, and FEU each bagged gold medals, with Andrea Villena, Aescie Ramos, and Stephanie Fetalver topping the middleweight, half-middleweight, and heavyweight divisions respectively.
Ramos stopped Akina Imai in the finals, while Villena took down Maxine Mababangloob in their own gold medal match. Fetalver then closed out the session with an impressive throw of Kathleen Ferriols.