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Barstow judokas Paulo Valdez and Ariyanna Avalos.

Barstow judokas win in San Diego

SAN DIEGO • Four Barstow judokas traveled to San Diego to compete in the California State Games Judo Championships, held July 14 at the Town and Country Hotel. 

Approximately 300 competitors were entered in the tournament, with three of the Barstow Judo students winning medals.

Finishing the tourney an undefeated 4-0 was 6 year-old Paulo Valdez, who won a gold medal in the 6 year-old Boys Lightweight division. Adam Valdez, 14 years-old, also went 4-0 to win his age and weight division.

Ariyanna Avalos, 7 years-old, finished in third place in her age and weight division, capturing a bronze medal, while 6 year-old Isaiah Ochoa went 2-2 and finished in fourth place.

The Barstow judokas are trained by 8th degree black-belt holder, Ernest Smith.

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