King Philip Pineda, Joenel Rendora, Jenar Torillos and Frasser Tahil.
Those four guys will be on the list of all DLSU Men’s Taekwondo team fans. In a surprising run, the Red Jins needed just the lighter weight matches to secure the silver medal in the tournament and, at the same time, devoid the Green Jins of a podium finish.
King Philip Pineda, the star recruit of the Coach Figueroa, took advantage of Paolo Jazmines’ 6 kyonggos to outpoint Jazmines 8-4. Joenel Rendora capped-off his amazing season with a 2-1 win over former MVP Kevin Sia in a highly-technical match. In the bantamweight match, Jenan Torillos blasted Josafat Ligayan in the 1st round 13-4 en route to an impressive 21-10 win. In a kyonggo-filled featherweight match, Frasser Tahil sealed the series with a 10-6 win over Kyle Uy.
After the win, the team swarmed Tahil as they locked the silver medal of the tournament. Even with Raymond Cano and Cris Mirasol losing their matches, the UE contingent celebrated on the sidelines as family and friends of the Red Jins exchanged high fives and hugs.
A disappointed DLSU squad, a highly-touted team, could only watch on the bench as the events transpired. From 2nd place prior to this match, they finished 4th. The team could only look back as what went wrong in their match up against NU Bulldogs during day 2.
DAY 3 AFTERNOON SERIES: DLSU vs. UE
DLSU 3-4 UE
MEN’S FINWEIGHT MATCH
UE: KING PHILIP PINEDA (W-L: 4-2) def. DLSU: PAOLO JAZMINES (W-L: 3-3) via final score (PTF)
MEN’S FLYWEIGHT MATCH
UE: JOENEL RENDORA (W-L: 5-1) def. DLSU: KEVIN SIA (W-L: 3-2) via final score (PTF)
MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT MATCH
UE: JENAR TORILLOS (W-L: 5-1) def. DLSU: JOSAFAT LICAYAN (W-L: 4-2) via final score (PTF)
MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT MATCH
UE: FRASSER TAHIL (W-L: 3-3) def. DLSU: KYLE UY (W-L: 2-4) via final score (PTF)
MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT MATCH
DLSU: KEITH SEMBRANO (W-L: 4-2) def. UE: RAYMOND CANO (W-L: 2-4) via final score (PTF)
MEN’S WELTERWEIGHT MATCH
DLSU: GERRY DEL ROSARIO (W-L: 3-2) def. UE: CRIS PAUL JOHN MIRASOL (W-L: 4-2) via final score (PTF)
MEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT MATCH
DLSU: KRIS UY (W-L: 4-2) def. UE: JOHN MICHAEL AGNO (W-L: 3-3) via withdrawal (WDR)