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UAAP 85 MTK: Kurt Barbosa tows NU to four-peat


National University collected its fourth straight men’s championship after completing a 5-0 sweep of the UAAP Season 85 taekwondo tournament, capping with a 4-3 win over University of Santo Tomas Thursday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

The title is also the Bulldogs’ fourth title in this season — the second in three days after the program won its first-ever poomsae crown on Tuesday.

“Siyempre, sobrang saya no na na-maintain yung four-peat. Alam naman natin na hindi madali na mag-maintain na ganong streak, kailangan talaga ng hardwork,” NU head coach Carlos Padilla said. “Yung training ng mga bata, hindi biro — two to three times a day, Monday to Saturday. So, binigay sa kanila ngayon. Sobrang happy ako na nagbunga yung pinagpaguran nila.”UAAP-S85-Taekwondo-Seniors-Kyorugi-AWARDING-Mens-1st-Category-Kurt-Bryan-Barbosa UAAP 85 MTK: Kurt Barbosa tows NU to four-peat ADMU DLSU FEU News NU Taekwondo UAAP UP UST  - philippine sports news

Tokyo Olympian Kurt Barbosa kickstarted the day for the Bulldogs after taking care of his national teammate Rommel Pablo Jr, 2-0. Barbosa, who went 5-0 for the season, came from behind in a 12-11 first round before fending off Pablo (4-1), 12-7, in the second to take the 1-0 lead.UAAP-85-Taekwondo-Men-Jay-Gilbuena-3 UAAP 85 MTK: Kurt Barbosa tows NU to four-peat ADMU DLSU FEU News NU Taekwondo UAAP UP UST  - philippine sports news

Season 82 Most Valuable Player Sturjay Gilbuena (4-0) then captured the title for the squad, 2-0 (5-5, 3-2), over Reyvin Villanueva (4-1) after taking the 4-0 advantage.

Barbosa won his third straight finweight (under-54 kg) gold for the effort and claimed his second MVP award since Season 81 when he was a rookie.

De La Salle University ended third with a 3-2 win-loss record, capped by a 6-1 rout of rivals Ateneo de Manila University.UAAP-85-Taekwondo-Seniors-Men-DLSU-v-UST-Einz-Aricayos-Israel-Camos-2 UAAP 85 MTK: Kurt Barbosa tows NU to four-peat ADMU DLSU FEU News NU Taekwondo UAAP UP UST  - philippine sports news

Green Jin Einz Aricayos, who won the welterweight (under-80 kg) title, took the Rookie of the Year honors.

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Joining Barbosa on the men’s finweight podium are UST’s Pablo and FEU’s Radiz Navidad (2-3), while Dex Ian Chavez (5-0) of NU are with UST’s Liporada (4-1) and University of the Philippines’ Lois Manalaysay (3-2) completed the flyweight (under-58 kg) rostrum.

Returning Green Jin Carlo Dionisio (5-0) won the bantamweight (under-63 kg) title over NU’s Kurt Pajuelas (4-1) and UST’s Dave Lobaton (3-2). Gilbuena paced the featherweight (under-68 kg) side with Villanueva and UP’s Kyle Laroya (3-2)UAAP-85-Taekwondo-Seniors-Men-DLSU-v-UST-Justin-Agno UAAP 85 MTK: Kurt Barbosa tows NU to four-peat ADMU DLSU FEU News NU Taekwondo UAAP UP UST  - philippine sports news

Justin Mark Agno (5-0) of UST led the lightweight (under-74) winners with Tamaraw Jemuel Rendora (4-1) and Bulldog Lao Nusair (3-2).

Two DLSU jins took the other two titles with Aricayos and Marc Gasilos (5-0) in the middle/heavyweight (over-80 kg). In the welterweight podium with Aricayos (5-0) are UST’s Israel Cantos (4-1) and FEU’s Hedwig Yap (3-2), while UST’s Mark Arby (4-1) and NU’s Gab Soria (3-2) joined Gasilos.

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