Dylan Spelios brought home medals from both the Shodikan tournament and the Junior Olympics. (Special Photo)
Ippon Judo and Jujitsu rocked the Shodikan tournament held in Atlanta on August 10 by taking 10 total medals with only five competitors, claiming six golds, three silvers, and one bronze.
Derek Wojcik, a 21 year old senior at Mercer, won the 100+kilo division while weighing in at 86K and the open division. Wojcik has reperesented the U.S in the Jr. World games and the Jr. Pan Ams in the past.
Dylan Spelios, 10, won three golds in the three divisons he entered, not only going up in weight but age as well. Dylan posted a perfect 9-0 record on the day, keeping his great summer intact after posting a bronze at the U.S. Open
Ashlyn Mercure, 10, took two silver medals in her first ever tournament and that was fighting a national level competitor. Sensei Dave Wojcik thinks with a little more work the girl will never beat her again.
Cameron Prevost, 13, took gold in his division without losing a match. He then stepped up and fought with the 15-16 yr olds and managed a bronze medal.
Eathan Spelios, 12, continued his assault on the mat by taking a silver in the heavyweight divison. Sensei Dave Wojcik says with hard work Eathan will soon dominate his age group.
Dylan Spelios and brother Mason earlier earned bronze medals at the Junior Olympics, held June 28-30 in Irvington, Texas.
The Fayetteville brothers, along with more than 800 competitors, converged at the Irvington Convention Center to determine who is the best of the best in the sport of Judo. Judo is broken down into weight and age catagories and the object of the sport is to throw your opponent on his back, pin him, or choke them into submission. Judo is the second most popular sport in the world ranking only behind soccer.
For Dylan, 10, the road was a tough one as the top five players in the country were there. A multiple time national champion who has been ranked number one in previous years and now ranked number two in the division was his opponent for the bronze. Dylan has come close a few times but never has beaten him until now. Dylan threw him early on for a minor score but just seconds later threw him straight on his back ending the match. For Dylan it was his first national medal after several fifth place finishes.
Mason, 7, his younger brother also earned a bronze medal in his first national tournament. According to dad Lorin Spelios it is now a competiton around the clock in the house as to who will have more medals.
Ippon Judo and Jujitsu is located in Tyrone.
If interested in classes please, contact Ippon Judo at email@example.com or 770 486-5363.