LONDONDERRY — Moreau’s Training Center traveled Feb. 22 to the Ninth Annual UNH Wildcat Invitational Judo Tournament . Moreau’s had eight competitors eager for competition.
The day shaped up to be full of talented competitors. The tournament brought approximately 30 schools from the Northeast, from first-time competitors to national champions.
Starting the day for Moreau’s were first-time competitors Sharunas Fritschy and Matthew Soucy. The two boys fought in the lightweight division for ages 5 and 6. Both did well. Matthew was bumped out of medal contention by teammate Sharunas, who went on to win his first judo medal, are hard-earned bronze.
Teammates Jack Nadeau and Anthony Picarello competed in the middleweight division for ages 7 and 8. Both Anthony and Jack had a division filled with active veterans of the sport, and would have to prove their grit. Anthony finished with a bronze medal and teammate Jack finished in fourth.
Sophie Rench, no stranger to competition, stepped it up a notch on this day. Sophie, an 8-year-old third-grader at St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry, decided to put her skills to the test. Sophie fought in two divisions, the girls 7 and 8 and also the 9- and 10-year-old division. Sophie had flawless victories in her division and proved herself against the older girls, winning a bronze.
Tommy Moreau Jr. was the last to represent the Moreau’s junior team and had his work cut out for him. He competed in the advanced boys 11-12 open weight division. Tommy had hard-fought tactical matches on the day. His only loss was to the gold medal winner. Tommy earned a silver medal.
Chris Plourde was the first for the adult to compete from Moreau’s. Plourde fought in the men’s advanced 178-pound division. He had six matches on the day and fell only to Aaron Kumihiro. Kumihiro has been a topped ranked national competitor for several years, Plourde did well against him, but fell short of the gold. He finished with a silver medal.